2015 Gamay Noir Sandstone Vineyard

Bursting with layers of red & black fruit with a note of spice & lightly toasted oak …

$29.95

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TASTING NOTES

The nose is bursting with complex layers of dark berry fruit and plum with well integrated oak and notes of leather and spice. On the palate it is both rich and fresh with fresh berry flavours, supple tannins and a spine of textbook Gamay acidity. The finish is long with notes of fresh fruit and a savoury, meaty edge with a light grip from the soft tannins

Decant and serve in large Burgundy-style glasses, slightly cool (18-20oC).  Excellent served alongside classic Bistro fare, grilled or roasted poultry and red meats, game, lightly smoked meats and semi-firm cheeses. Unlike many wines made from Gamay, this powerfully structured version will reward cellaring for up to 10 years with a cornucopia of new aromas and mellowed textures.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Sandstone is one of the top Gamay vineyards in the Niagara region if not the country. Planted in 1983 with a rare, old clone of Gamay Noir, the Willms family manage this special vineyard with a minimal interventionist approach utilizing cover crops between rows, low yields and integrated pest management techniques. Four Mile Creek is one of the hottest, sunniest sub-appellations in Niagara. This combined with the dry, crumbly, Sandstone loam soils and old vines ensures serious ripeness and remarkable power in every bottle of our Sandstone Vineyard Gamay.

Hand-harvested in late-October and early November at an average of 22 brix. Crushed and destemmed before cold soak, fermentation and maceration in stainless steel over 14 days. Combination of free run and light press juices add both delicacy as well as colour and tannin extract to the wines. 100% malolactic fermentation with ageing in 25% second use and 75% third and fourth use French oak barrels for 12 months.

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TASTING NOTES

The nose is bursting with complex layers of dark berry fruit and plum with well integrated oak and notes of leather and spice. On the palate it is both rich and fresh with fresh berry flavours, supple tannins and a spine of textbook Gamay acidity. The finish is long with notes of fresh fruit and a savoury, meaty edge with a light grip from the soft tannins

Decant and serve in large Burgundy-style glasses, slightly cool (18-20oC).  Excellent served alongside classic Bistro fare, grilled or roasted poultry and red meats, game, lightly smoked meats and semi-firm cheeses. Unlike many wines made from Gamay, this powerfully structured version will reward cellaring for up to 10 years with a cornucopia of new aromas and mellowed textures.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Sandstone is one of the top Gamay vineyards in the Niagara region if not the country. Planted in 1983 with a rare, old clone of Gamay Noir, the Willms family manage this special vineyard with a minimal interventionist approach utilizing cover crops between rows, low yields and integrated pest management techniques. Four Mile Creek is one of the hottest, sunniest sub-appellations in Niagara. This combined with the dry, crumbly, Sandstone loam soils and old vines ensures serious ripeness and remarkable power in every bottle of our Sandstone Vineyard Gamay.

Hand-harvested in late-October and early November at an average of 22 brix. Crushed and destemmed before cold soak, fermentation and maceration in stainless steel over 14 days. Combination of free run and light press juices add both delicacy as well as colour and tannin extract to the wines. 100% malolactic fermentation with ageing in 25% second use and 75% third and fourth use French oak barrels for 12 months.

Appellation

VQA Four Mile Creek

Vineyard

Sandstone Vineyard

Grape Variety

100% Gamay Noir

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2016 Cabernet Franc

Bursting out of the glass with aromas of ripe blueberry and candied fruit.

$24.95

TASTING NOTES

Bursting out of the glass with aromas of ripe blueberry and candied fruit, it is rich and ripe with chewy tannins enveloping the juicy mid-palate with more blueberry and plum notes. The finish is warm, with a touch of tannic grip.

Enjoy on release with roasted red meats finished with fruit compote. Decant to give the wine a chance to soften with air or cellar for the medium-term.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Harvesting for each vineyard took place in late September and early October and the grapes were vinified separately. The grapes came in in near-perfect condition so minimal sorting was required. After crushing and de-stemming the grapes were moved to stainless steel fermenters where the primary fermentation took place over 3 weeks. After pressing, malolactic fermentation was completed in tank and the wines were kept separate until final blending and bottling in August 2017.

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TASTING NOTES

Bursting out of the glass with aromas of ripe blueberry and candied fruit, it is rich and ripe with chewy tannins enveloping the juicy mid-palate with more blueberry and plum notes. The finish is warm, with a touch of tannic grip.

Enjoy on release with roasted red meats finished with fruit compote. Decant to give the wine a chance to soften with air or cellar for the medium-term.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Harvesting for each vineyard took place in late September and early October and the grapes were vinified separately. The grapes came in in near-perfect condition so minimal sorting was required. After crushing and de-stemming the grapes were moved to stainless steel fermenters where the primary fermentation took place over 3 weeks. After pressing, malolactic fermentation was completed in tank and the wines were kept separate until final blending and bottling in August 2017.

Appellation

VQA Creek Shores

Vineyards

15% Lakeshore Farm, 85% June's Vineyard

Grape Varieties

15% Merlot, 85% Cabernet Franc

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2016 Cabernet Merlot

Intense notes of red currant, blackberry and black raspberry dominate the nose.

$19.95

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TASTING NOTES

Intense notes of red currant, blackberry and black raspberry dominate the nose. Rich and ripe on the palate with firm, youthful tannins from the Cabernet Sauvignon and spiced plum, floral and cedar notes in the juicy mid-palate from the Merlot. Light oak ageing adds a pleasant toasted character. Although suitable for medium-term cellaring, it will also pair nicely now with grilled and roasted meats such as duck, lamb, beef and wild game. Enjoy this wine at 18-20 degrees in large Bordeaux-style glasses which will encourage the release of its multitude of flavours and aromas

WINEMAKING NOTES

Both varieties were handpicked from our Lakeshore Farm vineyard in the Creek Shores appellation of the Niagara Peninsula starting in early-October and ending in the first week of November. Both varieties were handled separately and after manual sorting, were crushed and destemmed, then fermented in stainless steel tanks with cold soak and post-fermentation skin contact totalling two weeks. The Cabernet Sauvignon was moved to 500 and 600 litre seasoned oak casks as well as second and third use French barriques. The Merlot was also aged in 600 litre seasoned oak casks. Both varieties underwent malolactic fermentation and were left on fine lees with regular rack and return over 9 months before bottling. This wine is lightly filtered.

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TASTING NOTES

Intense notes of red currant, blackberry and black raspberry dominate the nose. Rich and ripe on the palate with firm, youthful tannins from the Cabernet Sauvignon and spiced plum, floral and cedar notes in the juicy mid-palate from the Merlot. Light oak ageing adds a pleasant toasted character. Although suitable for medium-term cellaring, it will also pair nicely now with grilled and roasted meats such as duck, lamb, beef and wild game. Enjoy this wine at 18-20 degrees in large Bordeaux-style glasses which will encourage the release of its multitude of flavours and aromas

WINEMAKING NOTES

Both varieties were handpicked from our Lakeshore Farm vineyard in the Creek Shores appellation of the Niagara Peninsula starting in early-October and ending in the first week of November. Both varieties were handled separately and after manual sorting, were crushed and destemmed, then fermented in stainless steel tanks with cold soak and post-fermentation skin contact totalling two weeks. The Cabernet Sauvignon was moved to 500 and 600 litre seasoned oak casks as well as second and third use French barriques. The Merlot was also aged in 600 litre seasoned oak casks. Both varieties underwent malolactic fermentation and were left on fine lees with regular rack and return over 9 months before bottling. This wine is lightly filtered.

Appellation

VQA Niagara Peninsula

Vineyard

Lakeshore Farm

Grape Varieties

45% Merlot, 55% Cabernet Sauvignon

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2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Rich and ripe fruit notes with aromas of fresh black currant, black cherry and tobacco.

$29.95

TASTING NOTES

Rich and ripe fruit notes jump out of the glass with aromas of fresh black currant, black cherry and tobacco. The palate is remarkably fresh with full fruity flavours following through from the nose, a touch of spice, balancing acidity and ripe tannins. The finish is long with lingering spice character and cleansing acidity.

Enjoy on release with roast bison tenderloin with plum compote. Decant to allow the wine to fully express its complexities. The wine will continue to develop with short-to- mid-term cellaring.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Our Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 is a barrel selection from our Lakeshore Farm vineyard in the Creek Shores sub-appellation. The fruit was hand harvested into small bins in late October and early November. It was in nearly pristine condition so minimal sorting was necessary. The grapes were destemmed and crushed, followed by maceration and fermentation over 14 days in stainless steel tanks during which regular pigeage was performed to ensure full colour and fruit tannins were extracted. All wines were moved to 2nd and 3rd use French oak barrels of varying sizes for ageing. After malolactic fermentation they remained in oak for 14 months after which time the selection and subsequent blending of wines took place. The final blend was bottled in June 2018.

 VINTAGE NOTES

The winter of 2015/2016 was thankfully mild after the deep freezes of the previous two, yet a cool spring delayed bud-burst. Once the summer finally started it was warm, sunny and almost drought-like. Luckily light rain in August refreshed the parched vines. Harvest started with Pinot and Chardonnay for sparkling on September 8th and continued with other whites and light reds. The beautiful weather lasted well into the fall, allowing for long hang time for Cabernet Sauvignon. All grapes came in clean and disease-free with little need for sorting. Overall yields were moderate to high with very high quality throughout. The wines are characterized by both freshness and structure across the portfolio, with potential for enjoyable early consumption or the opportunity to cellar wines for the medium-to-long-term

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TASTING NOTES

Rich and ripe fruit notes jump out of the glass with aromas of fresh black currant, black cherry and tobacco. The palate is remarkably fresh with full fruity flavours following through from the nose, a touch of spice, balancing acidity and ripe tannins. The finish is long with lingering spice character and cleansing acidity.

Enjoy on release with roast bison tenderloin with plum compote. Decant to allow the wine to fully express its complexities. The wine will continue to develop with short-to- mid-term cellaring.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Our Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 is a barrel selection from our Lakeshore Farm vineyard in the Creek Shores sub-appellation. The fruit was hand harvested into small bins in late October and early November. It was in nearly pristine condition so minimal sorting was necessary. The grapes were destemmed and crushed, followed by maceration and fermentation over 14 days in stainless steel tanks during which regular pigeage was performed to ensure full colour and fruit tannins were extracted. All wines were moved to 2nd and 3rd use French oak barrels of varying sizes for ageing. After malolactic fermentation they remained in oak for 14 months after which time the selection and subsequent blending of wines took place. The final blend was bottled in June 2018.

 VINTAGE NOTES

The winter of 2015/2016 was thankfully mild after the deep freezes of the previous two, yet a cool spring delayed bud-burst. Once the summer finally started it was warm, sunny and almost drought-like. Luckily light rain in August refreshed the parched vines. Harvest started with Pinot and Chardonnay for sparkling on September 8th and continued with other whites and light reds. The beautiful weather lasted well into the fall, allowing for long hang time for Cabernet Sauvignon. All grapes came in clean and disease-free with little need for sorting. Overall yields were moderate to high with very high quality throughout. The wines are characterized by both freshness and structure across the portfolio, with potential for enjoyable early consumption or the opportunity to cellar wines for the medium-to-long-term

Appellation

VQA Creek Shores

Vineyard

Lakeshore Farm Vineyard

Grape Variety

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

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2017 Burger Blend Gamay / Pinot Noir

A delicious blend of Gamay Noir & Pinot Noir … perfect for backyard barbecues.

$14.95

AVAILABLE AT THE LCBO

TASTING & FOOD NOTES

For us, “burgers” evoke memories of backyard barbecues, of sunshine and warm evenings, of good food and laughter with friends and family. The goal of this wine was to produce a fruit-laden and refreshing red that represents excellent value and one that would bring out the best in your burger. A challenging task since the perfect burger can be a very personal and unique creation. Consider the traditional elements: the acidity of pickle, the sweetness of relish and ketchup and the spice of BBQ sauce and mustard. Our final combination for Burger Blend is a satisfying mix of ripe red berry, balanced with acidity and a smooth, round fruity mouthful that can be enjoyed alone or with your favourite summer backyard fare, burgers most certainly included! Respect your burger… serve it with Burger Blend!

WINEMAKING NOTES

The original 13th Street Burger Blend was produced in the late 90’s and was an eclectic mix of a wine which incorporated pretty much every red variety in the wineries stables. After a long hiatus we are pleased to announce Burger Blend is back! The 2017 is primarily a combination of just two varieties: Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir – two of our most important red varietals.

VINTAGE NOTES

The winter of 2016/2017 was again mild, yet a cool spring delayed bud-burst. Once the summer finally started it was relatively cool and rainy. Luckily September saw full sun and heat warm the vines to complete phenolic ripeness. Harvest started late in mid-September, commencing with Pinot and Chardonnay for sparkling and continued with other whites and early-ripening reds. The beautiful weather lasted well into the fall, allowing for long hang time for later ripening varieties. Overall yields were moderate to high with very high quality throughout. The wines are characterized by both freshness and structure across the portfolio, with potential for enjoyable early consumption or the opportunity to cellar wines for the medium-to-long-term.

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Burger Blend Gamay Pinot Noir 2017

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TASTING & FOOD NOTES

For us, “burgers” evoke memories of backyard barbecues, of sunshine and warm evenings, of good food and laughter with friends and family. The goal of this wine was to produce a fruit-laden and refreshing red that represents excellent value and one that would bring out the best in your burger. A challenging task since the perfect burger can be a very personal and unique creation. Consider the traditional elements: the acidity of pickle, the sweetness of relish and ketchup and the spice of BBQ sauce and mustard. Our final combination for Burger Blend is a satisfying mix of ripe red berry, balanced with acidity and a smooth, round fruity mouthful that can be enjoyed alone or with your favourite summer backyard fare, burgers most certainly included! Respect your burger… serve it with Burger Blend!

WINEMAKING NOTES

The original 13th Street Burger Blend was produced in the late 90’s and was an eclectic mix of a wine which incorporated pretty much every red variety in the wineries stables. After a long hiatus we are pleased to announce Burger Blend is back! The 2017 is primarily a combination of just two varieties: Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir – two of our most important red varietals.

VINTAGE NOTES

The winter of 2016/2017 was again mild, yet a cool spring delayed bud-burst. Once the summer finally started it was relatively cool and rainy. Luckily September saw full sun and heat warm the vines to complete phenolic ripeness. Harvest started late in mid-September, commencing with Pinot and Chardonnay for sparkling and continued with other whites and early-ripening reds. The beautiful weather lasted well into the fall, allowing for long hang time for later ripening varieties. Overall yields were moderate to high with very high quality throughout. The wines are characterized by both freshness and structure across the portfolio, with potential for enjoyable early consumption or the opportunity to cellar wines for the medium-to-long-term.

RESPECT YOUR BURGER: serve it with 13th Street Burger Blend!

Burger Blend Gamay Pinot Noir 2017

Appellation

VQA Niagara Peninsula

Vineyard

Various

Grape Varieties

Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir

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2017 Cabernet Merlot

Ruby red in the glass, the nose is intense with notes of candied red fruit, cassis, spice and rosemary.

$19.95

TASTING NOTES

Ruby red in the glass, the nose is intense with notes of candied red fruit, cassis, spice and rosemary. Rich and ripe on the palate with firm, youthful tannins from the Cabernet Sauvignon and spiced cassis and cedar notes in the juicy mid-palate. Light oak ageing adds a pleasant toasted character. Although suitable for medium-term cellaring, it will also pair nicely now with grilled and roasted meats such as duck, lamb, beef and wild game. Enjoy this wine at 18-20 degrees in large Bordeaux-style glasses which will encourage the release of its multitude of flavours and aromas.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Both varieties were handpicked from our Lakeshore Farm vineyard in the Creek Shores appellation of the Niagara Peninsula starting in early-October and ending in the first week of November. Both varieties were handled separately and after manual sorting, were crushed and destemmed, then fermented in stainless steel tanks with cold soak and post-fermentation skin contact totaling two weeks. Approximately ½ of the Cabernet Sauvignon was moved to 500 and 600 litre seasoned oak casks as well as second and third use French barriques. The Merlot was also aged in 600 litre seasoned oak casks. Both varieties underwent malolactic fermentation and were left on fine lees with regular rack and return over 9 months before bottling in July 2018 after light fining and filtration.

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TASTING NOTES

Ruby red in the glass, the nose is intense with notes of candied red fruit, cassis, spice and rosemary. Rich and ripe on the palate with firm, youthful tannins from the Cabernet Sauvignon and spiced cassis and cedar notes in the juicy mid-palate. Light oak ageing adds a pleasant toasted character. Although suitable for medium-term cellaring, it will also pair nicely now with grilled and roasted meats such as duck, lamb, beef and wild game. Enjoy this wine at 18-20 degrees in large Bordeaux-style glasses which will encourage the release of its multitude of flavours and aromas.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Both varieties were handpicked from our Lakeshore Farm vineyard in the Creek Shores appellation of the Niagara Peninsula starting in early-October and ending in the first week of November. Both varieties were handled separately and after manual sorting, were crushed and destemmed, then fermented in stainless steel tanks with cold soak and post-fermentation skin contact totaling two weeks. Approximately ½ of the Cabernet Sauvignon was moved to 500 and 600 litre seasoned oak casks as well as second and third use French barriques. The Merlot was also aged in 600 litre seasoned oak casks. Both varieties underwent malolactic fermentation and were left on fine lees with regular rack and return over 9 months before bottling in July 2018 after light fining and filtration.

Appellation

VQA Creek Shores

Vineyard

Lakeshore Farm

Grape Varieties

44% Merlot, 56% Cabernet Sauvignon

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2017 Gamay Noir

Excellent depth and complexity on the palate with ample balancing acidity and a long finish.

$19.95

AVAILABLE AT THE LCBO

TASTING NOTES

Another delicious Gamay, reconfirming this grape variety is arguably the most gulpable red grape in Ontario (and beyond). The nose is fruity with bright red berry notes, along with flowers and spice. Excellent depth and complexity on the palate with flavours of fresh raspberry, ample balancing acidity and a long finish with notes of spice. Will certainly reward those who cellar for the short-to-midterm but is drinking perfectly well on release. Serve lightly chilled so it feels cool in your mouth (13-15oC) and enjoy it with a range of flavourful every day favourites like pepperoni pizza, shepherd’s pie, pasta Bolognese or veggie stir fry.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Harvesting for each vineyard took place in late September and early October and the grapes were vinified separately. The grapes came in in near-perfect condition so minimal sorting was required. After crushing and de-stemming the grapes were moved to stainless steel fermenters where the primary fermentation took place over 3 weeks. After pressing, malolactic fermentation was completed in tank and the wines were kept separate until final blending and bottling in late May 2018.

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AVAILABLE AT THE LCBO

TASTING NOTES

Another delicious Gamay, reconfirming this grape variety is arguably the most gulpable red grape in Ontario (and beyond). The nose is fruity with bright red berry notes, along with flowers and spice. Excellent depth and complexity on the palate with flavours of fresh raspberry, ample balancing acidity and a long finish with notes of spice. Will certainly reward those who cellar for the short-to-midterm but is drinking perfectly well on release. Serve lightly chilled so it feels cool in your mouth (13-15oC) and enjoy it with a range of flavourful every day favourites like pepperoni pizza, shepherd’s pie, pasta Bolognese or veggie stir fry.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Harvesting for each vineyard took place in late September and early October and the grapes were vinified separately. The grapes came in in near-perfect condition so minimal sorting was required. After crushing and de-stemming the grapes were moved to stainless steel fermenters where the primary fermentation took place over 3 weeks. After pressing, malolactic fermentation was completed in tank and the wines were kept separate until final blending and bottling in late May 2018.

Appellation

VQA Niagara Peninsula

Vineyard

Various Niagara Peninsula

Grape Variety

100% Gamay Noir

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2017 Pinot Noir

This expressive Pinot Noir offers notes of ripe raspberry, cherry and dark fruit.

$24.95

TASTING NOTES

Our Pinot Noir 2017 is amazingly vibrant in colour, aroma and flavor. It is bright ruby red in the glass with aromas of cherry, leather and a touch of spice. On the palate, it is medium-bodied with more bright cherry notes, vanilla, lightly tannic and refreshingly acidic. The finish is refreshing and warm with spice.

Enjoy over the next 3 years with roast chicken and mushrooms, goat cheese, mushrooms or classic beef bourguignon. 

WINEMAKING NOTES

This Pinot Noir was sourced from our own Whitty Vineyard in Creek Shores as well as select vineyards in the Niagara-on-the-Lake appellation. After careful hand-picking in mid-October, the grapes were crushed and destemmed before being transferred to open-top fermenters for approximately 30 days of alcoholic fermentation on the skins with regular pigeage to gently extract tannin and colour. Following fermentation the wine was pressed off the skins and transferred to French barriques for 8 months of ageing. The wine was lightly fined and filtered before bottling in early August 2018

 

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TASTING NOTES

Our Pinot Noir 2017 is amazingly vibrant in colour, aroma and flavor. It is bright ruby red in the glass with aromas of cherry, leather and a touch of spice. On the palate, it is medium-bodied with more bright cherry notes, vanilla, lightly tannic and refreshingly acidic. The finish is refreshing and warm with spice.

Enjoy over the next 3 years with roast chicken and mushrooms, goat cheese, mushrooms or classic beef bourguignon. 

WINEMAKING NOTES

This Pinot Noir was sourced from our own Whitty Vineyard in Creek Shores as well as select vineyards in the Niagara-on-the-Lake appellation. After careful hand-picking in mid-October, the grapes were crushed and destemmed before being transferred to open-top fermenters for approximately 30 days of alcoholic fermentation on the skins with regular pigeage to gently extract tannin and colour. Following fermentation the wine was pressed off the skins and transferred to French barriques for 8 months of ageing. The wine was lightly fined and filtered before bottling in early August 2018

 

Appellation

VQA Niagara Peninsula

Vineyard

Various Niagara Peninsula

Grape Variety

100% Pinot Noir

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2017 Red Palette

A blend of Cabernet Franc (53%) Merlot (37%)

$15.95

AVAILABLE AT LCBO VINTAGES  (#249458)

TASTING & FOOD NOTES

The best qualities of each variety are captured in this artfully assembled blend. Medium deep ruby hue with richly satisfying notes of raspberry compôte, cherry, licorice and bitter chocolate. Fresh and well balanced with rich mouth-feel and complexity. Soft tannins characterize the elegant structure of the wine. Enjoy alongside white and red meats, grilled, roasted or smoked. Also excellent with red pasta, pizza and mushroom dishes. This wine appreciates aeration so use a nice big glass and enjoy over two days.

WINEMAKING NOTES

The grapes were harvested from our Lakeshore and June’s vineyards in the Creek Shores sub-appellation of the Niagara Peninsula.  Merlot was harvested first followed by Cabernet Franc a few weeks later in early November. Both varieties were fermented and aged separately in stainless steel for three months. The wines were then blended, moved back into stainless steel for further resting and flavour development. The wine was bottled in early May 2018.

VINTAGE NOTES

The winter of 2016/2017 was again mild, yet a cool spring delayed bud-burst. Once the summer finally started it was relatively cool and rainy. Luckily September saw full sun and heat warm the vines to complete phenolic ripeness. Harvest started late in mid-September, commencing with Pinot and Chardonnay for sparkling and continued with other whites and early-ripening reds. The beautiful weather lasted well into the fall, allowing for long hang time for later ripening varieties. Overall yields were moderate to high with very high quality throughout. The wines are characterized by both freshness and structure across the portfolio, with potential for enjoyable early consumption or the opportunity to cellar wines for the medium-to-long-term.

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AVAILABLE AT LCBO VINTAGES  (#249458)

TASTING & FOOD NOTES

The best qualities of each variety are captured in this artfully assembled blend. Medium deep ruby hue with richly satisfying notes of raspberry compôte, cherry, licorice and bitter chocolate. Fresh and well balanced with rich mouth-feel and complexity. Soft tannins characterize the elegant structure of the wine. Enjoy alongside white and red meats, grilled, roasted or smoked. Also excellent with red pasta, pizza and mushroom dishes. This wine appreciates aeration so use a nice big glass and enjoy over two days.

WINEMAKING NOTES

The grapes were harvested from our Lakeshore and June’s vineyards in the Creek Shores sub-appellation of the Niagara Peninsula.  Merlot was harvested first followed by Cabernet Franc a few weeks later in early November. Both varieties were fermented and aged separately in stainless steel for three months. The wines were then blended, moved back into stainless steel for further resting and flavour development. The wine was bottled in early May 2018.

VINTAGE NOTES

The winter of 2016/2017 was again mild, yet a cool spring delayed bud-burst. Once the summer finally started it was relatively cool and rainy. Luckily September saw full sun and heat warm the vines to complete phenolic ripeness. Harvest started late in mid-September, commencing with Pinot and Chardonnay for sparkling and continued with other whites and early-ripening reds. The beautiful weather lasted well into the fall, allowing for long hang time for later ripening varieties. Overall yields were moderate to high with very high quality throughout. The wines are characterized by both freshness and structure across the portfolio, with potential for enjoyable early consumption or the opportunity to cellar wines for the medium-to-long-term.

Appellation

VQA Niagara Peninsula

Vineyards

June's Vineyard, Lakeshore Farm

Grape Varieties

37% Merlot, 53% Cabernet Franc

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2017 Whitty Vineyard Gamay

Precise and classic Gamay, with floral notes, aromas of fresh black raspberries, black cherries and a touch of spice.

$23.95

TASTING NOTES

Precise and classic Gamay, with floral notes, aromas of fresh black raspberries, black cherries and a touch of spice. On the palate, flavours of strawberry jam and cherry liquorice dominate with soft but young tannins and refreshing acidity adding to the structure. The finish is flavourful and refreshing.
Serve slightly chilled alongside charcuterie, pink-fleshed fish or fatty pork dishes. Will also hold up to dishes with mild spice from chili or fresh ground black pepper.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Following an amazingly clean harvest, the grapes were crushed and destemmed and fermented in open top stainless steel tanks with regular punching down to extract colour and structure. After malolactic fermentation, the wine remained in stainless steel tanks until it was lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling in July 2018. The use of sulphur throughout the process was kept to the absolute minimum to ensure the purest expression of the exceptional early-picked fruit.

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TASTING NOTES

Precise and classic Gamay, with floral notes, aromas of fresh black raspberries, black cherries and a touch of spice. On the palate, flavours of strawberry jam and cherry liquorice dominate with soft but young tannins and refreshing acidity adding to the structure. The finish is flavourful and refreshing.
Serve slightly chilled alongside charcuterie, pink-fleshed fish or fatty pork dishes. Will also hold up to dishes with mild spice from chili or fresh ground black pepper.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Following an amazingly clean harvest, the grapes were crushed and destemmed and fermented in open top stainless steel tanks with regular punching down to extract colour and structure. After malolactic fermentation, the wine remained in stainless steel tanks until it was lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling in July 2018. The use of sulphur throughout the process was kept to the absolute minimum to ensure the purest expression of the exceptional early-picked fruit.

Appellation

VQA Creek Shores

Vineyard

Whitty Vineyard

Grape Variety

100% Gamay Noir

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