Gamay focus, 5 - Radford Dale Thirst Gamay Noir

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There’s not much Gamay in South Africa – just 13.3 hectares planted. It’s for this reason that Alex Dale wasn’t keen for me to reveal to the world the location of the two vineyards he sources this wine from. It’s freshly bottled, and needed decanting before we tasted it, but this really is a lovely wine, even this early on in its life. Alex also makes a brilliant Cinsault under the same ‘The Thirst’ label.

Radford Dale The Thirst Gamay Noir 2015 Western Cape, South Africa
Very fruity, lively nose with red cherries and plums, and a bit of that carbonic maceration florality. The palate is juicy and delicious with vibrant red cherries, some spiciness, and just a little grip. It’s not trying to be serious, but isn’t just a simple glugger, either. 90/100

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1 comment to Gamay focus, 5 – Radford Dale Thirst Gamay Noir

  • Tom Prior

    Hi Jamie, I believe < 10ha today in SA. We've planted a little since your post on the Thirst Gamay. Now part of Oddbins UK natural wine selection, which is great move on their part.
    Subsequently, we've also released a new (and more premium) wine – Radford Dale 'The Antidote' Gamay Noir 2017.
    It recently arrived in London with our distributor and we'd love to hear your thoughts.
    Really enjoying the Gamay series. It's like discovering an epic tv series 10 seasons in, and bingeing for days.
    All the best,
    Tom Prior (Radford Dale)

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