2020 GAMAY Farmstead (LCBO Vintages Essential)
Scented of cherry blossom, strawberry compote, raspberry and a sprinkle of white pepper, the wine is bright juicy on the tongue.
Ripe red fruits carry to the palate with additional splashes reminiscent of plum and crunchy pomegranate. A trace of oak-vanilla lingers.Gamay clusters were sourced between September 30th and October 8th from Four Mile Creek, Beamsville Bench and Twenty Mile Bench sites as grape sugars averaged 22° Brix.
Most of the grapes were destemmed and crushed, but 6% remained in whole clusters. For primary and malolactic fermentation, the greater share went to stainless steel, but 13% was treated in concrete tank. The new wine was then divided, two-thirds to age in stainless steel and one-third to neutral (eight-or-more-year-old) oak barrels. The finished product was blended and bottled six months later, in May 2021.
At the time of bottling, alcohol was measured at 12%, residual sugar at 3 grams per litre; titratable acidity at 7.6 grams per litre and pH at 3.49.
Dry: 3 g/L residual sugar
Vegan friendly. Certified Sustainable.
Serve near 14° C with grilled sandwiches or charcuterie.
Enjoy now through 2024.