2018 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  
 
Soil:
Escarpment Benchlands: Limestone-rich clay till over sandstone and shale  
 
Composition:
100% Gamay  
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Sept. 24 - 29
Sugar- 21.8º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 7.74 g/L
pH- 3.26
Yield- 3.6 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 Hungarian oak barriques and puncheons. 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- Aug. - Sept. 2019
Alc./Vol. 13%
Residual Sugar- 3 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 6.75 g/L
pH- 3.4
Production- 2,174 cs. (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
On the nose, juicy red and black berry fruit rise out of the glass, with notes of clove, cracked pepper and saddle leather in behind. The palate medium in body with a creamy softness up front, nicely balanced in the middle by ripe cassis and blackberry fruit and moderate tannins, all beautifully stitched together by a thread of juicy acidity. The finish is extremely persistent with discrete notes of black cherry, cedar and cacao.  
 
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 2023. 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$16.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery, LCBO Wines (#228569)
LCBO Item #228569
 
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