2019 GAMAY Farmstead (LCBO Vintages Essential)

4 stars, TheWineGuy.com, Michael Pinkus

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Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas tell of Niagara orchard fruits:  juicy cherry and plum, plus cranberry and inferences of vanilla and white pepper. Flavours are open, fresh and fruity, offering cherry, blueberry, raspberry and spice.

Gamay clusters were sourced from Niagara-on-the-Lake and Twenty Mile Bench sites as grape sugars averaged 20.3° Brix.

Two portions were co-fermented; most of the grapes were crushed, but almost 20% were retained in whole clusters.  After primary fermentation and malolactic conversion in stainless steel, 32.5%, was aged for seven months in neutral oak, while the remainder rested in stainless steel.  The wine was bottled in May and June 2020.

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.

                            Ontario Certified Sustainable Winemaking

Food Companions:

Serve near 14° C with grilled sandwiches or charcuterie.

Enjoy now through 2023.

4 stars, TheWineGuy.com, Michael Pinkus
A super version of Gamay that has quaff-ability down pat: big cherry and raspberry backed by wonderful acidity and even a touch of cranberry on the mid-palate ... It's really juicy and delicious ... Get a few as this one is going to be perfect for the patio season ahead - especially with a little bit of a chill.

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