$42 from Vintage Cellars Albert Park (ex-Randall’s). Brouilly is a subregion of Beaujolais that in recent years has enjoyed brilliant conditions for producing high quality Gamay wines. 2010 was an exceptional vintage and this is very clear in the wines. This bottling from Chateau Thivin is 100% whole bunch fermented and was aged in oak casks for six months. A clear, medium+ plum ruby colour with crimson rim. It has a youthful fragrance of smoky strawberry leaf, lifted florals and a hint of earthiness. Dry, medium-bodied wine with a silky texture. 12.5% alc. It’s quite fruit forward with vibrant sappy cherry flavours with a pinch of spice. Even cushy tannins provided an easy finish. I highly recommend this to those looking to broaden their experience with the Gamay grape. 90/100.
Great drinking with a creamy cheese with bite like the Verzin di Pecora. This is a marbled cheese from the Cuneo province of Italy and is made from the milk of mountain sheep. To be honest, I was initially put off by the smell (honestly thought it was off) but upon tasting a chunk, I thought it was a beautiful cheese and even more enjoyable with the Brouilly. I bought this from Enoteca Sileno (Lygon St) – $19.52 for 244 grams.