This rare Gamay is lean and light but by no means simple. The palate displays supple tannins that provide texture, expressive red fruits, herbaceous tomato-leaf and a fantastic length. Utterly smashable.
French charcuterie such as patés, terrines, rillettes and saucisson sec and with white-rinded cheeses such as Brie and Camembert.
Only 13 hectares of Gamay are planted in South Africa and this vineyard is situated on the lower slopes of the Eastern bank of the Berg river with a west-facing aspect. Low, single wire trellising and the sprawling growth of the variety mean that grapes are carried within the canopy, which shelters the thin skinned bunches from too much direct sunlight, thus conserving natural acidity and freshness. The vineyard was planted in 1984 so yields are small, as can be expected from a vineyard of this age.
In the cellar, semi-carbonic maceration methods were used during the fermentation, resulting in a wonderfully perfumed fruit expression.