2018 Gamay | Niagara Escarpment

$ 16.95 • 750 ml • 12 bt/cs • Extra Dry
About This Wine
Known to produce bright, vibrant red wines, Gamay thrives in our vineyards along the gentle slopes of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario. Here, moderating onshore breezes combine with limestone clay soils to produce a singular expression of this grape variety, exhibiting deep yet invigorating berry fruit alongside notes of pepper and spice.
Vintage
2018 was a warm growing season with low yields and high levels ripeness for all varieties. Gamay produced very ripe, well structured wines with medium- to long-term ageing potential.
Composition
VarietiesGamay
Estate Grown 90%
Origin
AppellationNiagara Escarpment
Site90% Beamsville Bench, 10% Creek Shores
Topography
Elevation80–155 m (260–510 ft)
Slope/Exposure2–6% / NNW
Soil
Beamsville Bench Stony clay till composed primarily of limestone mixed with sandstone and shale Creek Shores Lacustrine clay-loam till composed of red shale and sandstone mixed with limestone
Harvest Data
Harvest Date Sep 24–29
Sugar 21.8º Brix
Titratable Acidity 7.7 g/L
pH 3.26
Yield 3.5 mt/ac (65 hl/ha)
Vinification
14-day maceration followed by a 14-day fermentation using selected yeast strains; ageing for 10 months in neutral, 225L French, Hungarian and American oak barrels
Bottling Data
Bottling Date Aug 2019
Alc./Vol 13..0%
Residual Sugar < 2.0 g/l
Titratable Acidity 6.8 g/L
pH 3.40
Production 2,175 cs
Sensory Profile
Colour Medium ruby. Nose Aromas of ripe blackberry, purple plum, cracked pepper and black tea over top hints of savoury herbs and spice. Palate Medium in body with fine-grained tannins and ripe black currant on the attack; the tannins taper in the middle, melding with a core of succulent black cherry fruit and notes of cacao. The finish is plush and juicy, with lingering notes of macerating berries, cedar and mint.
Ageability
Best consumed 2020 through 2024; will hold through at least 2026
Food Pairings
Tomato based pizza or pasta, Moroccan-style power bowls, vegetarian paella, Southern-style barbecue ribs, duck breast w. berry coulis
Availability
Winery, LCBO • 228569

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