Gamay is on the rise in Australia, particularly in the Adelaide Hills. The fruit comes from Sam’s Eureka Vineyard in Woodside, an old gold mine with lots of quartz. The wine was named after Louis and Hannah’s daughter, Zoe, who was born in 2020 with blue eyes, despite neither of her parents having them. They have an electric brightness that lights up your mood just like this ethereally beautiful Gamay.
From vines planted in the early 2000s and regrafted in 2018, the Gamay is brought into the cellar to ferment spontaneously open-top fermenters. The last vintage was entirely de-stemmed; 2022’s regime is a mix of whole bunch, de-stemmed, and extended carbonic maceration. The wine spends 10-30 days on its skins before being pressed off. It spends 8 months in neutral oak before being bottled without fining or filtering, and just a small sulfur addition.