2021 Courtney Gamay
What happens when you take one of Niagara’s prized Gamay vineyard blocks, spare no expense in the vineyard and cellar and treat the wine to extended barrel aging in French oak? Meet Courtney Gamay.
Of all the wines we make with Gamay (our favourite red grape), the Courtney vineyard is second to none. Exclusively sourced from a hand-tended, sustainably farmed block of old vines on our Beamsville Bench farm, Courtney is named after Selma Courtney, the previous owner of this cherished piece of land. Martin Malivoire formed a special relationship with Courtney, who lived alone, content with a simple life devoid of modern trappings as his winery began to take shape next door. When it came time for her to move and sell her land, she chose Malivoire and Martin pledged to remember Selma Courtney with a wine named in her honour.
Since its first vintage in 2002, this prized block of Gamay has been bottled separately due to its unique character. Extended aging in French oak barrels, a portion of which are new, is another distinction that sets this wine apart from our other Gamays. Expect a deep, richly fruited and smooth Gamay that has proven to age well if you resist pulling the cork.
A richly fruity nose of plum, cherry syrup, blackberries-in-cream and banana bread covers a gently spicy, herbal underlay. The texture is glossy and generous, while flavours remind of cherry, beetroot, strawberry jam and vanilla.
Hand-picked from our Estate Vineyard’s Courtney Block October 19th, as grape sugars averaged 22.4° Brix.
Destemmed fruit and juice fermented in large-format oak cuves. After press, the wine aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 13 % new, the remainder neutral. We bottled 280 cases in March 2023.
Alcohol: 12.5% Titratable Acidity: 6.15 grams per Litre pH: 3.38
Dry: 0 g residual sugar
Serve near 14 ° C with steak tartar, a classic charcuterie plate or pork roast with roasted potatoes.
When to drink: now to 2029.