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Gamay Sandstone, 2020

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2020 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 13% ALC/VOL
Critic's Rating 91 pts

Bright ruby in the glass with aromas of black cherry, plum compote, vanilla and charred oak. Medium bodied with fine tannins and jammy flavours of black cherry, ripe raspberry and pomegranate with notes of sweet spice, red and black liquorice, vanilla bean and a peppery finish.

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.

Critic's Rating

- Tony Aspler
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    The 2020 vintage was a featured wine in August's Wine Club package, 2022.

    Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.

    Geographical Indication: VQA Creek Shores
    Vineyard: Whitty Vineyard
    Residual Sugar: 3 g/L
    Cases Produced: 349

    Appearance: More intense ruby colour than the Whitty Vineyard Gamay.
    Nose: Spicy, cherry, and red plum nose with oak spice.
    Palate: Richly extracted flavours of black cherry and plum. Medium-bodied, dry, well-balanced. Delicious!
    Quality: 91 points. Outstanding. Drink now or hold 1 – 2 years.

    Food Pairing: Smoked and spicy BBQ ribs, ginger chicken salad, fresh sourdough bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, walnut and rosemary-crusted salmon with asparagus, and Cajun-flavoured shrimp and sausage skewers.

    • National Wine Awards of Canada 2022, Silver Medal