Bright raspberry red. Plush, vibrant with plenty of density. Slightly smooshed warm, wild raspberries and fresh rhubarb mingles with frankincense and a cooling graphite. The generous front palate submits to the stalk component’s savouriness towards the back palate - creating a pleasant bit ternut phenolic to go with a tangy but cleansing acidity. There are crunchy red fruits, gingernut biscuit and just the slightest puckering tannin. Pucker up, but tercup.
A chal lenging vintage to pair with a chal lenging year in general . Spring 2019 was cool, w indy and wet resulting in low crops due to poor fruit set . Temperatures remained moderate, and rain throughout the harvest period provided chal lenging conditions. This Gamay f rom Roundstone was picked on the last week of March. Overall , the coolish and wet weather resulted in low sugars (therefore a lcohols) and crisp, refreshing acidity.
The fruit is sourced from the Roundstone Vineyard in Steels Creek in the nor th-west of the Yarra Val ley. This gamay is grown in classic Yarra Val ley soils of clay-loam over a deep clay base. Planted in the early 90s, these are the oldest Gamay vines in the Yarra Valley. Three clones add complexity.
Hand-picked and tipped directly into open fermenters for 100% whole bunch fermentation. Foot stomped twice and pumped over gently once during a twelve-day maceration. Pressed to stainless steel tank to complete sugar fermentation before transfer to old 500L French oak puncheons for malo-lactic fermentation and seven months maturation on lees. A smal l sulphur add prior to bottling to maintain freshness. Bot t led unf ined and unf i ltered.