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Small Lot Gamay, 2018

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2018 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 12% ALC/VOL

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Critic's Rating89 pts


Fragrant of raspberry, cranberry, white pepper and floral violet with an herbaceous tint. A taste finds the wine fresh, fruity and medium weight, with flavours suggesting cherry and strawberry with cream, leaving a spicy aftertaste.

Only grape clusters meeting the Winemaker’s criteria for this wine were selected, picked and sorted by hand, between the 24th and 28th of September. Grape sugars averaged 21.6 ° Brix.

The newly harvested grapes were divided into three portions. The largest (58 %) fermented in concrete and the remainder in stainless steel tanks. A small (7.5 %) portion was reserved for carbonic maceration in steel and added to the whole. After primary and malolactic fermentation, 83 % of the wine aged in neutral barrels for four months while the remainder aged in tank prior to bottling in April 2019.

At the time of bottling, alcohol measured 12%, residual sugar: 2 grams per litre titratable acidity: 6.1 grams per litre and pH: 3.4

Vegan friendly.

Food Pairings: Near 14°C beside baked or grilled salmon, red sauce pasta or gourmet pizza with arugula and goat cheese.

Awards & Ratings

Critic’s Rating:

89 pts

The Small Lot Gamay is aged one-third in stainless steel and the rest in older oak barrels. Thirty per cent of the fruit is whole-cluster pressed. An enticing nose of plums, bright red berries, iron and earthy/brambly notes with just a hint of spice. It has wonderful verve and vibrancy on the palate with plums, raspberries and cherries in a juicy style that’s highly gulpable, as this wonderful grape can be.

- Rick Vansickle, Wines in Niagara


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Tasting Notes

This was a featured wine in December's Wine Club package, 2019.


Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.


Geographical Indication: VQA Niagara Escarpment
Vineyard: Estate vineyards on Beamsville Bench and Vinemount Ridge
Cases Produced: 1,400


Appearance: Light ruby in colour.
Nose: Lively bouquet of cherries with a hint of oak spice.
Palate: Light-bodied, dry, juicy, red cherry and cranberry flavours with a hint of white pepper carried on zesty acidity.
Quality: Very Good+. 89 points. Drink now and chill lightly.


Food Pairing: Blackened cajun shrimp, roasted duck breast with plum sauce, meatloaf with mushroom gravy, apricot glazed hanger steak, pork sausage with sauerkraut, and roast chicken with thyme and honey.

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