Easthope Family Winegrowers, Two Terraces Vineyard Gamay

Apparently, there are only about 5 hectares of the Gamay grape planted in New Zealand. Compare that to the 5,000 hectares of Pinot Noir planted and you can see why this wine is a little bit special. Gamay is the grape of Beaujolais but when you taste this wine think of the serious village Crus rather than the nouveau versions.

The Easthope family of Rod, Emma, Stanley, Baxter and Ralph are marching to their own drum when it comes to producing their wines. Having spent time making wine in South Africa and a period as Chief winemaker at Craggy Range the Easthopes have gone out on their own to create wines that they believe is true to their values and express the sites that they come from. It is refreshing because they are not looking for mainstream approval for what they are doing but the freedom to do what they want. This Gamay is an example of this. A single-vineyard wine owned by one of the region’s best growers, Ian Quinn, the grapes were fermented in whole bunches before being foot stomped (probably by the children) and then matured in old barrels and concrete eggs. This is a rewarding wine to drink, complex and interesting.

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About This Wine

Country
NZ
Region
Hawke’s Bay
Appellation
Alluvial Plains
Type
Red
Varietal
Gamay Noir
Soils
old river bed stones
Farming
organic
Closure
Screwcap
Alcohol
13%
Pairing
a savoury stew