- APPELLATION: VQA Niagara Peninsula
- VINEYARD(S): Sandstone and Whitty Vineyards
- GRAPE VARIETY(IES): 100% Gamay Noir
- BRIX AT HARVEST: 21.0°
- ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13%
- RESIDUAL SUGAR: 5 grams (dry)
GOLD MEDAL – 2017 National Wine Awards
Another delicious Gamay, reconfirming this grape variety is arguably the most gulpable red grape in Ontario (and beyond). The nose shows off the ripe red berry and spice notes so typical of this bottling. Excellent depth and complexity on the palate with ample balancing acidity and a long finish. Will certainly reward those who cellar for the short-to-mid-term 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.
Hand harvesting for each vineyard took place in late September and early October and the grapes were vinified separately. The grapes were hand-sorted on shaker tables to ensure grapes were clean and sound. 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 blending and bottling in May 2016.
Wine ReviewsDavid Lawrason — WINE ALIGN
"This is quite lovely, combining ripe candied gamay fruit with complex pepper, herbal and slightly meaty notes. It is smooth yet juicy with fresh tart-edged acidity, a touch of sourness and very good to excellent length. Tasted June 2017"Rhys Pender — WINE ALIGN
"Light, fresh and juicy with lots of raspberry and strawberry fruit and just a hint of game and spice with a nice silky texture"Jamie Goode — www.wineanorak.com
"This has beautiful sweet, vivid fruit. Wild, exotic red cherries and raspberries with a hint of jamminess, but also lovely freshness. So primary and pure, this has a great concentration of fresh, sweet fruit with a bit of crunch on the finish. Very enjoyable with a hint of seriousness. 91/100
Mostly Creek Shore with some purchased fruit and some other bits included. Destemmed. Juicy and lively with lovely sweet raspberry and cherry fruit, with a bit of crunchy structure. Pure and fruity with nice brightness. Has good acidity with vivid fruit. Floral and delightful with freshness and acidity. 91/100 - July 2018"