Radford Dale Thirst Gamay 2020, natural wine, early picked Gamay, very fresh, very soft tannins, ripe red fruits, deliciously easy red. The Thirst Gamay goes from strength to strength showing how well this grape can adapt to the warm climate of South Africa. Radford Dale pick early to preserve the natural freshness of the grape, whole bunch carbonic maceration methods were used during natural fermentation, then the grapes were basket pressed resulting in a wonderfully perfumed fruit expression. There is no oak ageing, so the fruit sings and red berries burst out The wine is light but by no means thin, would work well with Spring lamb as well as red peppers and tomatoes.
Radford Dale was founded in 1998 by winemakers Ben Radford and Alex Dale. They aim to produce wines that are both innovative but also sustainable and with a healthy respect for tradition. They buy grapes from across the mountainous viticultural sub-regions of the Helderberg area in Stellenbosch, Elgin, and the Perderberg area in the Swartland. Despite being a modern winery, they seek to preserve the sense of terroir by working with as little intervention as possible. Disease-fighting chemicals, pesticides and additives are now outlawed in the production because of the care taken to promote the vine's health and own immune system; a living ecosystem is also encouraged, promoting beneficial microorganisms and decreasing the effect of nasty ones. They have also replaced fertiliser with a composting system and bottle with as little sulphur as possible with certain wines even bottled with zero sulphur. As well as the Radford Dale range, which uses some of the best sites in the area, they also produce the Winery of Good Hope range, which adhere to many of the same principals of the premium wines, but at a price point which offers exceptional value for money. 750ml Bottle