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Divergence Wines Gamay Noir, 2021

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2021 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 12.2% ALC/VOL
Critic's Rating 91 pts

Gamay Noir grapes were sourced from the Wingfield Vineyard managed by the Wismer Family. Although better known for the adjacent Chardonnay block, this younger planting of Gamay shows great promise. Juicy and fruit driven, maturation in mostly older French Oak barrels for 9 months helps to round out the structure and fullness of this wine. Pale ruby in the glass, this fruit driven wine has typical aromas of cherry, raspberry, plums, and pepper. The palate is tart and refreshing, with a light but substantial structure and smooth finish. This wine is equally at home on a patio in the summertime or with a hearty meal in the winter showcasing the potential for Niagara Gamay as a versatile and approachable wine for any occasion.

Residual Sugar: 0.2 g/L

About Divergence Wines

What does it mean to be crafting wines on a different path? Small and exclusive productions, sourced from top vineyards, crafted to deliver quality. For Divergence, quality is prioritized over quantity in every aspect of production with wines focused on precision, authenticity, and texture to deliver a unique take on the best of what Niagara has to offer. Founder Jeff Moote has worked at well-known Niagara wineries such as Fielding, Creekside, and Trius before launching Divergence. His time both inside and outside the wine industry has reaffirmed his “no compromises” ethos that continues to drive him.

Critic's Rating

Bright, juicy Gamay with a basketful of blackberries, raspberries, herbs and white pepper.
- Sharon McLean, WineAlign
  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2023, Silver Medal National Wine Awards of Canada 2023, Silver Medal
  • Connoisseur Note(s):

    This Gamay is sourced from the Wismer Wingfield Vineyard on the Twenty Mile Bench. It spends 14 days on the skins before being sent to older oak barrels for nine months of aging. It needs a decant, but after doing that and swirling vigorously the nose reveals plums, brambly black raspberries, macerated cherries, earthy notes and just a touch of spice. It’s smooth and textured on the palate with rich and savoury red berries, plums, anise, spices, and plenty of zip on the finish. If you can, cellar this a bit, say six months, before opening or decant if you can’t resist it now. 91 points — Rick VanSickle, Wines in Niagara

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    • National Wine Awards of Canada 2023, Silver Medal