Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Altydgedacht Estate Durbanville Gamay Noir 2012 89+ Points

Clear, bright, cherry ruby red with slight purple rim, clean, medium plus intensity, yet have an Old World restraint in ripeness, so Beaujolais like and less of the tutti fruity, banana like character often associated with Gamay Noir a Jus Blanc from a New World perspective.

Delicate cherries, plums, just ripe strawberries, spicy mineral core, this is by far the most exciting “aromatics” to date produce by the Estate, when looking back at the previous 2 vintages, a huge step up.

Dry with medium plus acidity, low plus tannins, medium plus alcohol (+/- 13.5%?), complex earthy, mineral core follows through, cherries, savory plums and hints of creamy strawberries, structured, fresh and persistent, yet elegant.

Perfect lunchtime wine will be excellent with charcuterie or in a picnic basket
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