Discover the delights of Gamay, as it cements itself as an Adelaide Hills classic.
Gamay is a grape variety many wouldn't have heard of, as its just made its way to Australia from its native home in southern Burgundy, France. There, Gamay is the principal grape in the wines of Beaujolais. Best known for the young, fruity, and extremely 'slurpable' (yes, that is now a word) Beaujolais Villages. There are more complex, structured, and absolutely stunning wines made from Gamay in the Fleurie and Morgon appellations.
Australian growers and makers recently planted the variety, and it is rocketing in popularity and success. Favouring cooler climates, Gamay is popping up in Tasmania, cooler Victorian zones, and of course the Adelaide Hills.
I was lucky enough to secure just two barrels of this 2023 Gamay, which was grown on a renowned vineyard just behind the tourist hotspot of Hahndorf.
Made with care and a focus on highlighting the delicate aromatic characters, this wine is simply delightful. Bright magenta in colour, it has lifted forest fruits and subtle spice notes followed by a soft palate. Medium to light-bodied, it is just the ticket for our warmer months and is lovely served lightly chilled.
Where & When: All-summer-long. Sipping in the shade on a warm sunday afternoon, surrounded by friends and a charcuterie board. It will also make geat friends with grilled fish, lighter meat and game dishes.
Pack Size: 12 x 750ml.
Price: $210 per pack.