"The 2020 vintage was dry and hot. Yields were lower than normal due to the conditions and the vines surprisingly handled it fairly well. With careful management, the fruit we did produce was looking good, we had a couple of days of smoke lingering due to the 2020 bushfires. We made the decision to continue with the harvest and adopt some of the different methods trialed and researched for such conditions. Light pressings meant very small quantities were produced this year under our Inkerman Road label. Wines were tested and free smoke compounds are minimal however there are some bound compounds present.
The 2020 Inkerman Road ‘Gamay et al’ is predominantly Gamay with some Merlot included. The fruit comes from our estate and was handpicked, chilled, crushed and lightly pressed, with a calculated amount of skin contact, followed by French oak barrel fermentation.
The nose has nice bright fruit with some oak. The palate shows drying acid with subtle tannins, creating a lingering finish. It is ready to drink, and could also be served slightly chilled." - Sorrenberg
"This has some smoke scents and flavours but they play like good Rhone reds or similar. Game meat, sour cherry, smoked meats, smoked paprika, and seem to steer away from acrid or distracting in the way some smoke taint can work. The palate is fresh feeling despite the game meat smokiness licking the heels of the wine, it feels like the flavours are lifted on the tang of pomegranate acidity, and include amaro-herbal things, sour cherry and a good slosh of rose water fruity sweetness too. It’s a pleasing drink, quietly complex and very nice to guzzle down. Tannins pucker gently to close. Attractive, is the message." - Mike Bennie
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