Gamay is a wine for our times. It’s super friendly, fleshy, red-fruited and is an all-rounder in the food matching stakes.
Gamay noir is also a progeny of pinot noir, so it has noble aspirations. All of this is by way of introduction to the Eldridge Estate gamay.
It’s only competition when it comes to being the best gamay in Australia is Sorrenberg. With the 2018 vintage, winemaker David Lloyd has an expressive, pretty wine – yes, gamay can definitely be pretty – bursting with florals, macerated cherries and the odd confection note. The lick of spice and, especially pepper, sits in the background but lifts the finish and aftertaste.
Wine writers should use the word ‘yummy,’ but there you go . . .