Historically one of the oldest varietals, Gamay Noir is most popularly grown in the Beaujolais and Loire Valley regions of France. Much like those two regions, the rich soil composition and cooler climate of the Beamsville Bench create an ideal growing environment for the varietal to thrive.
Inherently high in acidity, the Gamay Noir grape produces crisp, light bodied and fruit forward red wines. While that remains true for our 2014 Barrel Aged Gamay Noir, it also expresses a surprising depth to the finish.
On the nose, notes of ripe, red fruit and plum are complimented by a hint of earthiness. Crisp on the palate, prominent initial notes of tart cherry and strawberry develop into richer, stewed, red berry flavours. Aging in older French Oak for ten months provides a delicate note of spice to the smooth, balanced and fruit forward finish.