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Bononia Estate Gamza 2019

Red Wine from Bulgaria
Gamza is a red wine grape from Bulgaria which makes fresh, supple and light red wines. This great value example has attractive strawberry and raspberry fruit aromas, very little tannin, and silky freshness. Perfumed, slightly floral and nicely balanced.
Price: £8.95 Bottle
Price: £53.50 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: BG381

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Light to medium-bodied
  • Kadarka
  • 13% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2022
  • 75cl
  • Cork, agglomerate

Bononia Estate

Originally, the site of the Bononia Estate winery was a 19th century brewery that had, since the collapse of Communism in Bulgaria in 1989, fallen into disarray and disuse. 20 years later the Yotov family saw potential here and bought the site with the idea of growing grapes sustainably.. Three years after that the first vineyards were planted, 100 acres of them, and expansion since has seen the vineyard area grow to nearly 300 acres. A number of varieties have now been planted, with many of the familiar international varieties such as chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, viognier, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon, but not forgetting the native Bulgarian variety gamza.
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JancisRobinson.com

Transparentruby. Winning broad nose that's really fruity and interesting with markedly lowtannins and concentration but quite enough acidity. Lovely spring-like wine.Soft but quite refreshing enough...
Transparentruby. Winning broad nose that's really fruity and interesting with markedly lowtannins and concentration but quite enough acidity. Lovely spring-like wine.Soft but quite refreshing enough with a little note of tamarind. Unexpectedlypersistent. Good value.
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- Jancis Robinson

midweekwines.co.uk

... with careful cultivation [gamza] can make impressively weighty wines which – like this example – can be available here for surprisingly little money given the high quality on...
... with careful cultivation [gamza] can make impressively weighty wines which – like this example – can be available here for surprisingly little money given the high quality on display.  Straight forward yet rich and nutty, [this wine] delivers lively loganberry and mulberry flavours with good acidity but modest tannin that all lead into a savoury, coffee, clove, tomato and slightly smoky finish.
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- Brian Elliott

JancisRobinson.com

Gamza is a Bulgarian grape variety that makes fruity, fairly soft wines that drink well young and without food. This one, grown close to the Danube, is a lovely spring-like red with a little note of...
Gamza is a Bulgarian grape variety that makes fruity, fairly soft wines that drink well young and without food. This one, grown close to the Danube, is a lovely spring-like red with a little note of tamarind. Unexpectedly persistent.
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- Jancis Robinson

Vinosaurus

A bright, light chillable summer red from Bulgaria. The variety, also known as kadarka in Hungary, makes elegant, supple wines, with a perfumed floral lift and raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant...
A bright, light chillable summer red from Bulgaria. The variety, also known as kadarka in Hungary, makes elegant, supple wines, with a perfumed floral lift and raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant fruit. The tannins are delicate and the finish is fresh.
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- David Kermode

JancisRobinson.com

This was the wine I recommended in my collection of wines for spring. Pale ruby. Soft, light, fruity and charming but not for long keeping. Very unlike most reds. Good value.

16.5/20

joannasimon.com

It’s years since I last had a gamza, but more like this please. It reminds me of cinsault and fits the current mood for lighter, fresher reds perfectly. Think rose and cherry perfume, red berry ...
It’s years since I last had a gamza, but more like this please. It reminds me of cinsault and fits the current mood for lighter, fresher reds perfectly. Think rose and cherry perfume, red berry fruit, low tannin and appetising freshness. It went very well with pan-fried sockeye salmon and a dish of roast vegetables (cavolo nero, red pepper, aubergine, pomodorino tomatoes and onion, softened with a little crème fraiche) and would also be good with charcuterie, including carpaccio and bresaola, or a simple roast chicken. Serve cool.
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- Joanna Simon

Times of Tunbridge Wells

Made from the gamza grape, this energetic and supremely quaffable pale red from the cooler northern section of Bulgaria also got my vote at The Wine Society's recent online press tasting. Low in...
Made from the gamza grape, this energetic and supremely quaffable pale red from the cooler northern section of Bulgaria also got my vote at The Wine Society's recent online press tasting. Low in nix but tannin (and, relatively speaking, alcohol), with oodles of lip-smacking red fruit and crisp/crunchy acidity. It's juicy, rather long and dangerously easy to drink, with or without food - and on the coller side - on a bright spring day. Canny buying by Freddy Bulmer. Nazdrave!
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- James Viner

Sunday Express

Gamza is a red wine grape that makes fresh, expressive red wines. This is juicy and supple with sweet strawberry fruit, a touch of cherry and some subtle herbal hints. Rounded, light, with some sweet and...
Gamza is a red wine grape that makes fresh, expressive red wines. This is juicy and supple with sweet strawberry fruit, a touch of cherry and some subtle herbal hints. Rounded, light, with some sweet and sour character.
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- Jamie Goode

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