- APPELLATION: VQA Niagara Peninsula
- VINEYARD(S): Whitty Vineyard
- GRAPE VARIETY(IES): 100% Gamay Noir
- BRIX AT HARVEST: 22.2°
- ALCOHOL CONTENT: 12.5%
- RESIDUAL SUGAR: 3 grams (dry)
Precise and classic Gamay, with notes of fresh red berries and a touch of earthiness. On the palate, the acid brings out the flavours of crunchy red berries, with soft but young tannins 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.
The 2016 Whitty Vineyard Gamay is made up of 5 rows in our northeastern block that were harvested in early October, a full two weeks prior to the rest of the vineyard. 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 2017. The use of sulphur throughout the process was kept to the absolute minimum to ensure the purest expression of the exceptional early-picked fruit.
Wine ReviewsAndre Proulx — AndreWineReview.ca
"4 STARS: Every Gamay fan knows that 13th Street knocks it out of the park with this varietal so it should be no surprise that this delivers. The nose is rich and concentrated with dark cherry and blackberry. The fruit follow through on the palate with a nice note of black pepper that makes an appearance and only moves more front and centre with every sip. This will be drinking beautifully now, but it will evolve and relax a little in a cellar over the next 4-6 years. "—