2016 Easthope Gamay
Last year the Easthope's inaugural 2015 Gamay Noir sold out in days (we got just 6 bottles). Thankfully a little more was made this year and the wine is, in the words of ex-Craggy Range winemaker Rod Easthope, "more violet florals and dried herb influences aromatically than the 2015. But it still has the mineral tar/graphite like quality too. These characters garnish the core of red fleshed plum fruit. The palate has a silky fine textural entry which allows waves of flavour to emerge, and then finishes with that stem-tannin influenced twist on the finish."
John Saker describes the wine thus: "Gamay, the red grape of Beaujolais, is worth keeping an eye on. Te Mata and Rippon both make excellent versions that have gained loyal followings. Gamay's inherent lightness and vivacity are in sync with today's swing towards wines that are fresh and food-friendly. The Easthope Gamay is round, still and even. It's dark core enlivened by gentle spice and herb highlights. It is delightful, surprisingly complex and puts me in mind of a Brouilly from Beaujolais... What the Easthopes don't do is also important. No new oak has been used, nothing is added during their making and they are bottled unfined and unfiltered."