2018 Courtney Gamay

The TOP Gamay in Canada - Guide to Canada's Best Wines 2020
92 points, WineAlign.com

93 points, WinesInNiagara.com, Rick Vansickle
"   One of the finest Gamays I’ve tasted in the last 12 months..."

Winemaker's Notes:

A joyful nose of ripe Bing cherry, plum and other dark fruits with a nutty undertone.  Tasting finds this wine supple and fruity, with flavours of cherry, strawberry and blackberry with hints of peppercorn and oak-vanilla. 

Hand-picked in our Estate Vineyard’s Courtney Block on October 9th as grape sugars averaged 23.2° Brix.

Primary fermentation was accomplished in a custom-built limestone concrete tank, with 10% of the fruit fermenting in whole clusters.  The larger share (70%) of the wine was transferred to neutral oak barriques to complete malo-lactic fermentation and age for 16 months.  The other 30% aged 10 months in new barrels and a further 6 months in older oak. 

In February 2020, we filled 251 cases of 750 ml bottles and 19 cases of 1.5L magnums.  Enjoy now to 2026 (potentially longer in magnums).

At the time of bottling Alcohol measured 13%; Residual Sugar: 2 grams per Litre; Titratable Acidity: 6.6 grams per litre pH: 3.7

Dry: 2 g residual sugar

Vegan friendly.           Certified Sustainable.

                           Ontario Certified Sustainable Winemaking


Food Companions:
Serve near 14° C with steak tartar, a classic charcuterie plate or pork roast with roasted potatoes.

2018 Courtney Gamay 2018 (93 points) — One of the finest Gamays I’ve tasted in the last 12 months. Primary fermentation took place in a custom-built limestone concrete tank, with 10% of the fruit fermented in whole clusters. 70% of the wine was transferred to neutral oak barrels and aged for 16 months. The rest was aged for 10 months in new oak with a further 6 months in neutral oak. Malivoire takes its Gamay seriously! It has a highly complex nose of black cherries, underbrush, wild raspberries, plums, pinch of spice and savoury herbs. It’s simply gorgeous on the palate with fresh crushed red berries, underlying earthy/loamy notes, dark plums, spice, some tannic structure, length and a tangy finish. A Gamay that will withstand some cellaring to see how it develops. Like I said, wow!