With winemakers inclined to make “pink” wine from every grape variety imaginable, why so little Gamay Noir – the variety used to make the renowned light-bodied reds of Beaujolais – planted in South Africa? There were a mere 13.93ha of it under cultivation at the end of 2013 and The Winery of Good Hope got their hands on some of it to make Radford Dale Thirst 2014 (given the non-specific W.O. classification of Coastal Region to avoid other producers getting in on the act!).
Of note is that the wine was made using 1005 carbonic maceration. Slightly cloudy in appearance, the nose shows strawberry and spice. It’s wonderfully fresh on the palate with a little tannic grip on the finish. No great complexity but great fun to drink. Wine Cellar price: R115 a bottle.