I was a big Kath & Kim fan back in the day. I always thought that if they were able to get past their love of drinking Car-don-nay (aka Chardonnay) then maybe their next favourite wine would be one that had a similar ring to it, or at least one that rhymed with Kim’s daughter’s name, Epponnee-Rae. Introducing Gamay (you can picture Kath saying it too, can’t you?).
Back on track, Farr Rising is the reputable wine brand crafted by winemaker Nick Farr in the Bannockburn area of Geelong. You’ve got to be delicate with a grape like Gamay, so Nick uses whole bunch fermentation to kick-start a brighter red fruit aroma spectrum followed by maturation in old barrels. The result is a wine with a definitive carbonic nose of wild strawberry, peppercorn, pomegranate and a hint of kola nut. There is plenty of juicy acidity to keep your lips smacking, complemented with a savoury undertone of forest floor and delicate earthy tannins. While it is often touted that Gamay is the perfect lunchtime wine, I broke tradition and enjoyed it with a light roast dinner with just as much pleasure.
Stockist: Direct from the Farr Winery website or ask at your local wine store