2013 Sorrenberg Vineyards Beechworth Gamay

Sorrenberg is a biodynamic, boutique 2.5 hectare vineyard and winery located outside Beechworth at the foothills of the Great Diving Range in north-east Victoria. Owned by Barry and Jan Morey, the vineyard dates from the mid-1980's with the first vintage of Gamay brought out in 1989.

Lauded as a benchmark Australian style, the Gamay produced at Sorrenberg is said to be more Burgundian in style than Beaujolais with a 10% Pinot Noir component adding complexity and a perfect edge.

The 2013 Gamay is a purple ruby hue in the glass, darker than I'd thought it would be. Black cherry, spice, leather and earthen aromas.

It's fruity upon entry then settles down to be savoury with notes of mushroom, soy and soil. A peppery, earthy and fleshy red fruit palate give it a warm, luscious mouthfeel. Medium-bodied with great balance between the fruit, its vibrant acid and supple tannins. Lingering savoury finish of dark chocolate adds to the overall deliciousness.

I hazard a guess that the Sorrenberg Gamay would match the very best grand 'crus' the Beaujolais region could offer or any other region for that matter.

A wine that is confident of its cult status. Complex, seductive and engaging.

Remarkable. Highly Recommended.

Source: Gift. ABV: 13.2%. Closure: Screwcap. Price: $42.00 (Approx). Rating: 95 Points.

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