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2016 Gamay

VQA Niagara Escarpment
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About This Wine:
Known for producing light and fruity red wine, the Gamay is a grape that thrives along the gently sloping hillsides of the Niagara Escarpment. In this area overlooking Lake Ontario, moderating on-shore breezes combine with limestone clay soils to create a truly singular expression of this variety, exhibiting lively notes of fresh berries, pepper and spice. 
 
Origin:
100% Beamsville Bench (Cave Spring Vineyard); 8% Lincoln Lakeshore 
 
Soil:
Beamsville Bench – stony, limestone-rich clay till over sandstone and shale; Lincoln Lakeshore – clay-loam till composed primarily of red shale and sandstone, with traces of limestone. 
 
Composition:
92% Gamay, 8% Syrah  
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Sept. 28 - 30
Sugar- 22.8º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 7.2 g/L
pH- 3.39
Yield- 4.5 tonnes/acre 
 
Vinification:
Following a 13-day maceration, the wine was gently pressed and then aged for 10 months in a mix of older French and American oak barriques and puncheons. 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- September 2017
Alc./Vol. 13%
Residual Sugar- 3 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 5.8 g/L
pH- 3.41
Production- 2,290 cs. (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
A complex nose of black cherry, blackberry, cracked pepper and caramel, with hints of autumn leaves in behind; full bodied as Gamay goes, with black pepper and bright, juicy red cherry fruit, light but silky tannins and soft barrel textures on the front and mid-palate and an intense finish packed with spice and steeped cherry flavours.  
 
Taste Profile:
Dry (D) 
 
Serving Suggestions:
Goat’s cheese appetizers; tomato based pizza or pasta; grilled meats; barbecue chicken; serve lightly chilled 
 
Ageability:
Generous and approachable from the outset, this vintage possesses the ripeness and structure to develop until at least 2021. 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$15.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery, LCBO Wines (#228569)
LCBO Item #228569
 
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