2023 Nick Spencer P.A.R. Gamay

Limited release Tumbarumba Gamay from Nick Spencer. All made in amphora & only 120 dozen made!

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Nick Spencer is constantly exploring the possibilities of winemaking in the NSW High Country and with his latest experiment, this delightful little Gamay from Tumbarumba, he's onto another huge win.

The inspiration for this wine comes from a recent pilgrimage to Beaujolais, the birthplace of Gamay. This adventure inspired a shift in focus for Nick, away from Pinot Noir to Gamay, Nick believing this friendly red variety is better suited as a light red to 'warmer' cool-climate regions like Tumbarumba going forward.

As with all of the P.A.R. series wines, this was fermented and aged entirely in Nick's small grenade-like amphora, preserving the natural energy and verve of the variety without the influence of oak. It shows classic varietal signatures of sour cherries, strawberries, and a touch of spice. The palate is juicy and lively, with juicy cherry and cranberry notes, a silky texture, and refreshing acidity. It's the quintessential chillable red. For a frame of reference from Beaujolais - this would sit in the prettier mode ala Fleurie rather than the darker more brooding wines of crus like Morgon. But of course, it's entirely its own thing.

If you enjoy Pinot Noir, or any friskier, chillable style of red, you'll love Nick's Gamay. There were only 120 dozen made in total and it won't be available anywhere else outside of Nick's own members. So if you want to sample it, now's your chance!

"During our visit to Beaujolais, we witnessed firsthand the remarkable potential of Gamay... Intrigued by its versatility and charm, we made the deliberate decision to shift our focus from Pinot Noir to Gamay for future vintages."
- Nick Spencer

93 points
"Sarsaparilla, and so much of that, along with mint, cherry, cranberry and dried flowers. It’s medium-bodied, sappy, all the strawberry, spice and red cherry, fine sandy tannin, almond, cherry and again that cranberry crunch on a finish of good length. Frisky. Interesting. A very nice wine all up. Refreshing and good."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

If you like - Pinot Noir then you will love this Gamay

Region - Tumbarumba, NSW

Variety - Gamay

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the 2023 PAR Gamay showcases the essence of Tumbarumba. It entices with aromas of ripe red berries, floral notes, and a hint of spice. On the palate, vibrant cherry and cranberry flavors are complemented by a silky texture and a refreshing acidity, culminating in a lingering finish that invites another sip.


Tasting Notes - Bright Garnet Colour, aromas of sour cherries and strawberries laced with beautiful spice. The palate is juicy, crunchy and long with lovely supporting tannins.

Background - Matured in Amphoras for 18 months.

93 points
"Sarsaparilla, and so much of that, along with mint, cherry, cranberry and dried flowers. It’s medium-bodied, sappy, all the strawberry, spice and red cherry, fine sandy tannin, almond, cherry and again that cranberry crunch on a finish of good length. Frisky. Interesting. A very nice wine all up. Refreshing and good."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Nick Spencer Wines

Nick Spencer is one of NSW's most decorated winemakers. Over the span of more than two decades, he has become perhaps the state's most outspoken advocate for the potential of the regions of the NSW High Country, in particular, Tumbarumba and Gundagai.

Nick's wines exemplify balance, style, immense drinkability and exceptional value for money. As his label has expanded, his winemaking has become more adventurous, now incorporating the use of amphora, sulphur-free bottlings and a more stripped-back winemaking style to highlight the quality of the fruit that these lesser-known NSW regions can produce.

He is one of the most important producers in NSW today and is the touchstone of quality for the state.

Winemaker Nick Spencer Nick Spencer Wines

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