True to its French origins the wine is a light although bright purple colour.
Aromas of sour cherry and red berry fruits.
On the palate the wine is light to medium-bodied with a soft balanced finish.
The Gamay used to make this wine was grown exclusively at our Banksdale Vineyard at just under 500m above sea level in the upper reaches of the King Valley.
The wine was made in open top fermenters in our experimental Kindergarten Winery with 7 days skin contact. To keep as much aromatic intensity in the wine the decision was made not to use any oak during the maturation process. The 2015 Gamay was bottled with an alcohol of 12.5%, a pH of 3.7 and an acid level of 5.6g/l.
Recommended food pairings:
The Gamay style is quite versatile when it comes to food. It is light enough to try with a grilled chicken breast that has been marinated in a spicy sauce. Or a rare cooked tuna steak. Why not try it with a selection of cold meats like salami and aged Jamon.
Brown Brothers Banksdale Vintage Release King Valley Gamay 2015 • • • •
A very attractive peppery/spicy red berry bouquet leading on to a seductively fleshy palate with juicy cherry fruit flavours.
- Peter Bourne
The Brown family regularly brings alternative varieties into the mainstream - here it's the grape of Beaujolais. Dark cherry and raspberry aromas mingie with allspice. It has red- and blue-fruit flavours, incisive acidity and gentle tannins. Pair it with pork sausages.
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine
- Mike Bennie, Peter Bourne, Huon Hooke, Nick BNulleid MW, Andrea Pritzker MW and Sophie Otton
2015 Brown Brothers Banksdale Single Vineyard Gamay is commendably supple and soft with fragrant redcurrant flavour. Hooke thought the bouquet "clean and fresh, although very slightly meaty reductive. The wine is light-bodied and fresh,
crisp, clean and crunchy on the palate. Light but definite tannins to close. Delicious fruit flavour in the mouth. Very good current drinking." Otton added, "Boysenberry, notes of stem and briar. Good earthy complexity with depth and reshness."
2018 Halliday Wine Companion
- James Halliday