I’m back in Central Otago, for my fourth visit. I’m slowly beginning to understand a little about this remarkable wine region, and yesterday saw a lovely set of visits to four different producers, all of whom are doing something quite special. I’ll write the day up in two batches, beginning with a morning in Wanaka.
I love this. It’s a Fleurie made by the talented Andrew Nielsen, Aussie ex-pat and micronegoce based in Beaune. In 2015 he made more Beaujolais than Burgundy, and he’s enthused about the potential of Gamay. This is a 2014, but he’s particularly excited about 2015, which is a cracking vintage in the region. ‘Beaujolais as [...]
This wine is from France Gonzalez, who works in Beaujolais. Even though it’s labelled Vin de France, it isn’t. She uses Vin de … France because of her first name, and she’ll probably get in trouble for it one day. It’s actually Beaujolais Villages. I bought it from The Sampler after trying her Nouveau 2015 [...]
This delicious Gamay is a collaboration between Brendon Keys of BK Wines (he’s based in Australia’s Adelaide Hills) and Andrew Nielsen of Le Grappin (in Burgundy). It’s made from 90 year old Gamay vines grown in granite soils in the Hautes Côtes de Beaune, so it’s not Beaujolais. The wine was fermented in a concrete [...]
I’ve reviewed the wines of Niagara (Canada) winery Pearl Morissette before. I’ve been lucky to visit three times, and I love the brave, creative approach of Francois Morissette, who’s making some really interesting wines. One of the four varieties he specializes in is Gamay (the others are Chardonnay, Riesling and Cabernet Franc), and this is [...]
A couple of years ago, northern Rhone producer Graillot bought a couple of parcels of vines in Saint Amour, Beaujolais. They made their first wines in 2014, including this wine. They then bought 3 hectares in Fleurie, and the first vintage from these vines is the 2015. It’s so interesting to see all this interest [...]
Bow & Arrow is a relatively new Oregon winery. It’s located in Portland where Scott and Dana Frank, the people behind it, work in the wine business. These urban wineries are pretty cool, I reckon. They bring wine to the city: who says that wine has to be made out in a rural location? There [...]
This is a really interesting Beaujolais from Thibault Liger-Belair, who has taken his Burgundian approach to the Gamay grape. I’ll let him explain his journey:
I have made a part of my studies in Beaujolais and in particular in Belleville, I’ve always been attracted by the beauty of this region, its landscapes but also by the [...]
Antoine Sunier is a new name to me. He’s the brother of Julien Sunier, who has been making wines in Beaujolais since 2008, and he came to the region in 2014 to set up this new domaine. So I guess this makes these the first releases. The Sunier’s father was a barber from Dijon, so [...]
Continuing the Gamay journey, it’s back to Beaujolais.
This Fleurie is from a sixth-generation family producer, and the vineyard is managed to promote microbial life, although it isn’t certified organic. The family have owned this Poncié plot since 1872, and it’s on a steep slope which tops out at 400 m. Soils are decomposed granite, and [...]