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Gamay, 2019

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2019 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 11.5% ALC/VOL
Critic's Rating 91 pts

Tasting Notes

The depth of this wine was structured by the warm summer and wet autumn. This wine stays true to the Leaning Post style and terroir of Armbrust Vineyard demonstrates lots of earth, mushroom, and undergrowth on the nose which is complimented by blackberry and cherry fruit with some beautiful freshly picked lavender. In the mouth there is lots of beautiful beet, blackberry, kirsch, and cracked pepper. The finish is long and delectable. This wine will age well for the next 3-5 years. Try with brie, camembert, your favourite burger, or anything on your plate this thanksgiving.

Winemaking Notes

This wine is from 3 different vineyards that were picked on October 21st, October 26th, and November 6th. Each vineyard was vinified separately. After a 4-day cold soak, fermentation occurred spontaneously in both small open top and concrete fermenters. All wines were hand punched-down twice a day for 3 weeks. After 3.5 weeks on skins, each wine was gently pressed and racked into neutral oak barrique and puncheon for aging where it underwent spontaneous malo-lactic fermentation. Each vineyard was aged separately in barrel for 10 months. All of the vineyards were blended together when they were racked out of barrel and held in tank before being bottled.

Critic's Rating

While paler in appearance, there's plenty going on in this Niagara Gamay, which brings lovely raspberry candy, plum, strawberry, herbal and graphite notes on the nose. It's light-plus bodied and fresh, with juicy raspberry, cherry, cola, herbal and spice flavours, light tannins and a medium-length finish. Chill for 10-15 minutes and enjoy this crushable red.
- Ben Sigurdson
  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2021, Silver Medal National Wine Awards of Canada 2021, Silver Medal
  • Connoisseur Note(s):

    Dark cherry and blackberries on the nose and palate with a lovely savoury spice character with floral notes. Dry and medium bodied with good concentration and structure. The dark and red berry finish is long and succulent. A very attractive wine. 12% abv. Tasted July 2022.

    - Janet Dorozynsky

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    The 2019 vintage was a featured wine in May 2023's Wine Club package.

    Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.

    Geographical Indication: VQA Twenty Mile Bench
    Vineyard: End of the Road Vineyard, Wismer – Armbrust Vineyard, Wismer – JR Wismer Vineyard
    Residual Sugar: 3 g/L
    Cases Produced: 300

    Appearance: Bright ruby in colour.
    Nose: Lifted cherry nose with oak spice.
    Palate: Light- to medium-bodied, dry. Cherry and cranberry flavours carried on lively acidity.
    Quality: 91 points – Wine Club Canada. Outstanding. Chillable or room temperature. Drink now through 2023.

    Food Pairing: Fried calamari with tartar sauce, Cajun shrimp and rice skillet, chicken tagine with paprika and sesame seeds, spanakopita, and hangar steak with chimichurri.

    • National Wine Awards of Canada 2021, Silver Medal