Wismer Foxcroft Gamay Noir Bachelder 2019

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Moving up to the Twenty Mile Bench and the original site for the estate’s first Gamay, this Wismer-Foxcroft bottling is fermented with 22% whole clusters compared to the version below, which is 52% whole cluster. Now, I know what you are thinking. What kind of person thinks there is any kind of difference between 22% whole cluster and 52%?

You’d be surprised, and as Bachelder explains, the more grapes that are whole cluster fermented, the more “buxom” the wine becomes. Surprisingly, for me at least, both the Twenty Mile Bench Gamays are already more dense, richly coloured and showing more grip than the prettier NOTL versions.

The nose shows a gamy/meaty profile with savoury dark berries, plums, crushed stones and lavender with a bloody/rusty/irony/reductive thing going on. It turns to a much more fruit-focused Gamay on the palate with dark cherries, cassis and then savoury herbs, gamy/meaty notes, fine oak spice and a long, plush finish. 

Wismer Foxcroft Gamay Noir Bachelder 2019 is backordered and will ship as soon as it is back in stock.