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.
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.
Varieties100% Gamay
Estate Grown 100%
AppellationBeamsville Bench
Site100% Cave Spring Vineyard
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 18–30
Sugar 20.0º Brix
Titratable Acidity 11.0 g/L
pH 3.07
Yield 3.2 mt/ac (59 hl/ha)
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.
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
Winery, LCBO • 228569

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