Notes from Amber Ochota:
2023 Adelaide Hills Gamay
6669 bottles produced
In 1985 three clones of Gamay were planted high up in the Piccadilly Valley, a few years later due to its unpopularity, they were grafted to chardonnay.
it wasn’t until 2013 that Taras convinced his grower mate Sam to chainsaw off the Chardonnay grafts and bring back canes from the Gamay rootstock. Evolving from there, cuttings were taken of these three clones and grafted on established vines in Sam’s quartz-laden woodside vineyard, planted on a former gold mine, a crop picked in 2019, bushfire in 2020, a harvest in 2021, and vines finding natural balance in 2022.
A tightly wound classic example of Gamay which shows medicinal fragrance, savoury spiced red currants that has a polished mineral palate that is lithe, dense yet elegant in its long and pure finish.
Handpicked early April, sorted into a series of small fermenters with partial carbonic maceration/
Unfined and no additions besides minimal so2.
Alc. – 12.5%