2019 Gamay | Beamsville Bench | Estate Grown

$ 16.95 • 750 ml • 12 bt/cs • Extra Dry
About This Wine
This wine originates from our Cave Spring Vineyard, nestled on a gently sloping terrace of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario. In this hillside terroir, a combination of limestone-clay soils, elevation and moderating on-shore breezes delivers a singular expression of Gamay, exhibiting bold, invigorating fruit with overtones of pepper and spice.
Vintage
2019 was a temperate vintage delivering average levels of heat and precipitation. A sunny fall and modest yields delivered supple, juicy Gamay for early to medium-term consumption.
Composition
VarietiesGamay
Estate Grown 100%
Origin
AppellationBeamsville Bench
Site100% Cave Spring Vineyard
Topography
Elevation125–155 m (410–510 ft)
Slope/Exposure3–6% / NNW
Soil
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 18–30
Sugar 20.0º Brix
Titratable Acidity 11.0 g/L
pH 3.07
Yield 3.2 mt/ac (59 hl/ha)
Vinification
A 28-day maceration and fermentation using exclusively indigenous yeasts; ageing for 10 months in neutral, 225L and 500L French, Hungarian and American oak barrels
Bottling Data
Bottling Date Mar 2021
Alc./Vol 12.5%
Residual Sugar < 2.0 g/l
Titratable Acidity 6.5 g/L
pH 3.59
Production 2,700 cs
Sensory Profile
Colour Medium ruby. Nose Ripe aromas of dark cherry, black raspberry and blackberry; overtones of cracked pepper, toffee, cinnamon and black tea. Palate Medium in body; juicy red cherry fruit and fine-grained tannins up front; the tannins hold firm but supple in the middle, cradled by succulent blueberry and dark plum flavours; a linear tannin structure tapers into a silky, refined finish, driving lively, persistent notes of mixed berries, black pepper, tobacco and caramel.
Ageability
Best consumed 2021 through 2025 will hold through at least 2027
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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