BB Review: Radford Dale Thirst Gamay 2017



We're going au naturel with this Le Naturel wine. But is stripping it back to basics actually better? Let's find out.



BOTTLE: Radford Dale Thirst Gamay 2017 – South Africa

WHERE WE BOUGHT IT & PRICE: £13.50 Oddbins

ABV & TECH SPECS: 100% Gamay and 11% ABV


ABOUT THE WINERY: The Winery of Good Hope is all about creating an alternative way of thinking in its approach to winemaking. Found in the prominent wine-making region of Stellenbosch, South Africa their aim is to  make quality wine with a conscience – traditionally and naturally in line with the ethical and environmental concerns that lie at the heart of their business.

BEHIND THE BOTTLE: The vineyard that produced this wine was planted in 1984 and the yields are kept small as to concentrate the flavours of the Gamay grape. Gamay, the grape synonymous with Beaujolais (Kate’s favourite fyi), is only planted grown on 13 hectares in South Africa! All the fruit for these wines are also collected at sunrise, and not a minute later.



CARO: Yes, I was totally fooled by the juicy colour of this wine and definitely wasn’t expecting to discover a plate of pork and leek, when putting it under my nose. Let’s taste: oh my, savoury as fuck! It’s got a super light texture that is contrasted by flavours that remind me of some toasted sesame oil that’s just getting hotter and hotter in the wok, ready for some veg to make it all go nuts. HANG ON, it tastes like a flippin fag!! That’s it, next time I’m craving a fag but don’t want to deal with the whole “why did I smoke half a pack last night. I don’t even smoke”, I have to make sure I have this. I like it, I’d sip it, but would I binge on it? ...Mmmprobablynot.

ANGELA: Admittedly Gamay is not my grape. I once spent a few days in Dijon judging a wine competition and was basically force-fed a diet of Beaujolais and lamb morning, noon and night between rounds. As it was Beaujolais nouveau time, every room, restaurant and bar I entered smelt of young carbonic maceration, bubblebum gamay and it was not to my liking.

But this wine has turned me, it’s more akin to Pinot and has that meaty stink to it that I love. Its also slightly nutty and smokey on the aroma and it’s light and packed full of juicy strawberry on the palate. A great way to make-up with gamay!

KATE: Out of the three of us, I’m usually the one singing the Gamay praises, but I’m afraid I’m humming more than singing with this one. Despite my pre-established appreciation for both Radford Dale and Gamay, this just isn’t on my song sheet. You see, every now and again a wine will remind me so much of something that I can’t disassociate it from that thing and enjoy it for what it is, and this wine reminds me of slightly soggy dry roasted peanuts. On the nose, this stinky mf-er smells like the compost pile in the back of a barnyard (something I usually love) but with a fresh sprinkling of dry roasted peanuts on top. And the peanut notes don’t end there! On the palate, it’s a little bitter, a little tangy, and a little bit like a handful of dry roasted peanuts. It’s weird! Not bad, necessarily, just strange. Unnerving. Dry roasted peanuty! Fa-la-la-not-for-me.


WOULD WE HAVE ANOTHER GLASS? Shrug. Pass it down to Panda.