2017 'Piñata People' Gamay
The 2017 ‘Piñata People’ Gamay is vivid garnet in appearance, setting the scene for all the intrigue that follows. Subtle scents of tobacco leaf and tea tree greet you, tangled with licks of freshly ground caraway seed, clove and anise. Wet earth and sweet composting vegetation come to mind, transcending you to a place deep within a temperate rainforest.
This wine has a boisterous zing of par-cooked rhubarb alongside forest berries and fragrant strawberry gum, shifting the nose to something less savoury. Combine the earthiness of cocoa powder and red fruits – highlighted by amarena cherry; a black forest gateau!
Strawberries and barely ripe raspberries swirl about the palate, joined by a hint of bay leaf and a kick of exotic pepper. Plucky, youthful tannins give chalkiness to the wine, while a racy acidity akin to pomegranate seed bursts effortlessly. There is a concentration to this wine, a density that keeps it pretty, plump and endearing.
A spring wine that instantly transports you to a breezy, brisk afternoon picnic with friends. The grass is still green, not yet seared by the fierce summer sun.
Pair with a vat of slowly-stewed Caponata, lifted with a dash of white wine vinegar and a drizzle of olive oil at the table with crusty bread.
Time in tomb: 5 years