2020 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
2020 was a warm, dry vintage with low-to-moderate yields and highly concentrated fruit. Gamay ripened early, producing succulent yet layered wines offering medium- to long-term ageability.
Composition
Varieties100% Gamay
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 22–26
Sugar 22.9º Brix
Titratable Acidity 8.8 g/L
pH 3.14
Yield 2.0 mt/ac (37 hl/ha)
Vinification
A 30-day maceration and fermentation using exclusively indigenous yeasts; aged for 12 months in neutral, 225L and 500L oak barrels; minimal sulphite addition
Bottling Data
Bottling Date Dec 2021
Alc./Vol 13.5%
Residual Sugar < 2.0 g/l
Titratable Acidity 7.7 g/L
pH 3.19
Production 2,700 cs
Sensory Profile
Colour Brilliant ruby. Nose Fragrant aromas of Bing cherry, blackberry, menthol, pine needle and black peppercorns, with hints of cacao, graphite and tilled earth. Palate Medium in body; the mid-palate is dry and seamlessly integrated, with firm, fine-grained, linear tannins at the core, succulent Damsom plum and dried date fruit, and soft edges; the tannins gently subside, drawing flavours of cracked pepper, black cherry and toffee into a layered, complex finish.
Ageability
Best consumed 2023 through 2026; will develop through at least 2028
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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