Radford Dale, Thirst Gamay Noir 750ml 2019

South Africa, Western Cape
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R155
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Radford Dale was founded in 1998 when Ben Radford and Alex Dale first made wines together. They believe in combining innovation with a healthy respect for tradition. In other words, thei approach is old plus new, and the best of both worlds.

They specialise in the mountainous viticultural sub-regions of the Helderberg area in Stellenbosch, Elgin, and the Perderberg area in the Swartland. This is a fancy way of saying that they work with grapes from all of these areas – the right grapes for the right wines (rather than growing all the fruit on their property).

Only a dozen hectares of Gamay are planted in South Africa and this vineyard is situated on the False Bay facing slopes of Stellenbosch.

Low, wire trellising and the sprawling growth of the variety mean that grapes are carried within the canopy, which shelters the thin skinned bunches from too much direct sunlight, thus conserving natural acidity and freshness. The yields are low in this vineyard as it was planted over three decades ago. In the cellar, semi- carbonic maceration methods were used during the natural fermentation, resulting in a wonderfully perfumed fruit expression.

This rare Gamay is lean and fruity but by no means simple. The palate displays supple tannins that provide texture, expressive red fruits, herbaceous tomato-leaf and a fantastic length. Utterly smash able.

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Bottle Size750ml
StyleRed
CountrySouth Africa
Drink ToDrink now
PriceR155.00
ProducerRadford Dale
RegionWestern Cape
VarietyGamay
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