Thick As Thieves "Driftwood" Pinot Gamay - ONE OF VINNY'S FAVOURITES
This is one of my go-to wines and has been for about 2 years and is the only wine on the list at the pub that I don't distribute myself.
Syd Bradford who makes this is one of the industry's legends and pours his heart and soul into his wines and it shows. My simple notes would describe this as a velvety yet gently spiced pinot rounded out with the gamay. Syd's more detailed notes are below...
Orders in 6 & 12 Bottle Lots
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir (55%) / Gamay (45%)
Vintage: 2019 Region: Yarra Valley & King Valley
A blend of Yarra Valley Pinot (55%) and King Valley Gamay (45%). The MV6 Yarra Pinot had a 4 day cold soak and was blended from three ferments, all with varying whole bunch and whole berry carbonic maceration inputs; King Valley Gamay also had a long cold soak but was a blend from two ferments, one 100% destemmed and the other 100% whole bunch. Both the Pinot Noir and Gamay had indigenous ferments with minimal plunging and both had some barrel ferment inputs. Natural malo-lactic fermentation. No fining or filtration.
Super complex nose starting with dried herbs, strawberry and cinnamon, then opening up to beetroot, plum and fennel. Orange rind, earth and tomato leaf in the background.
Bright and juicy mouthfeel with great depth and velvety tannins. Plump mid palate with a lovely plum and earthy back palate. Wonderful line and length. Beautifully rustic and delicious.Bright and juicy mouthfeel with great depth and velvety tannins. Plump mid palate with a lovely plum and earthy back palate. Wonderful line and length. Beautifully rustic and delicious.