2017 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% Niagara Escarpment (Beamsville Bench) 
 
Soil:
Beamsville Bench – stony, limestone-rich clay till over sandstone and shale  
 
Composition:
100% Gamay  
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Sept. 21 - Nov. 02
Sugar- 19.9º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 10.97 g/L
pH- 3.28
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- Aug. - Sept. 2018
Alc./Vol. 12%
Residual Sugar- 3 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 6 g/L
pH- 3.54
Production- 3,280 cs. (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
The nose is replete with cracked peppercorn, clove, blacktop and blackberry along with undertones of cinnamon, leather and vanilla bean. Dry and medium in body, the palate debuts rich yet stony, with juicy cranberry fruit that broadens into soft, jammy blueberry flavours around a core of ripe, granular tannins. On the finish, the wine’s bright, generous fruitiness endures with vigour, featuring a penetrating hit of sour cherry character alongside nuances of smoke and mixed spices.  
 
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 2022. 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$16.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery, LCBO Wines (#228569)
LCBO Item #228569
 
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