2017 Gamay | Niagara Escarpment

$ $16.95 • 750 ml • 12 bt/cs • Extra Dry
About This Wine
Known for producing bright, elegant red wines, Gamay thrives in Niagara along the gently sloping benchlands 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 grape, exhibiting deep yet invigorating berry fruit alongside nuances of pepper and spice.
2017 was marked by a cool growing season followed by a sunny, dry fall allowing for extended ripening, Gamay produced wines with bold fruit, light tannins and medium term ageing potential.
Estate Grown 85%
AppellationNiagara Escarpment
Site86% Beamsville Bench, 14% Lincoln Lakeshore
Elevation125-155 m (410-510 ft)
Slope/Exposure3–6% NNW
Stony clay till composed primarily of limestone and dolostone mixed with sandstone, shale and traces of granite and gneiss; soils overlie moraine and sandstone/shale bedrock; depth ranges from 4 to 8 m
Harvest Data
Harvest Date Sep 11–Nov 2
Sugar 19.9º Brix
Titratable Acidity 10.9 g/L
pH 3.28
Yield 4.5 mt/ac (52 hl/ha)
14-day maceration and fermentation using selected yeast strains; ageing for 10 months in 3rd through 5th fill French and American oak barriques and puncheons
Bottling Data
Bottling Date Aug–Sep 2018
Alc./Vol 12.0%
Residual Sugar < 2.0 g/l
Titratable Acidity 6.0 g/L
pH 3.54
Production 3,280 cs
Sensory Profile
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
Best consumed 2019 through 2022; will hold through at least 2024
Food Pairings
Tomato based pizza or pasta, chicken quesadillas, dim sum, steak tartare, Southern-style barbecue ribs, pulled pork, seared duck breast
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