2020 GAMAY Farmstead (LCBO Vintages Essential)

91 points - Rick VanSickle, WinesInNiagara.com
4 stars - Michael Pinkus

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

                            Ontario Certified Sustainable Winemaking

Food Companions:

Serve near 14° C with grilled sandwiches or charcuterie.  Enjoy now through 2024.

91 points - Rick VanSickle, WinesInNiagara.com
Most of the grapes were destemmed and crushed with a small amount crushed in whole clusters. While the greater share of the juice sent to stainless steel, 13% was treated in concrete tank. Following fermentation, two thirds was aged in stainless steel and the rest aged in neutral oak barrels. What a lovely, juicy Gamay with aromas of dark cherries, wild raspberries, strawberry tart, and Damson plums with just a hint of spice. The palate lights up with a rainbow of red berries, earth, subtle spice with just enough tannins to offer a dimension of complexity. The mouth-watering acidity kicks in on the finish. Great job here.

4 stars - Michael Pinkus
From the near perfect 2020 vintage in Ontario, this is a refreshing and fruity number that checks off all the right things you love about Gamay Noir: lovely red berry fruit mixes it up with cherry, hints of white pepper and a finish that delivers you back into the realm of raspberry and strawberry. Chill, and enjoy.

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