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Review 2020 Barrel Aged Gamay Noir

2020 Barrel Aged Gamay Noir

C$18.95
(C$18.95 Incl. tax)
NEW VINTAGE
Lively Cranberry • Ripe Raspberry • Great Acidity
100% Gamay Noir
12 months in oak • 3.0g/L • Very Dry

Full Tasting Notes Below
Description

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.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES

Our winemaker, Philip Dowell, aged this vintage in older American oak for 12 months to preserve the Gamay’s natural fruit-driven character.  A brilliant ruby in colour, this wine is elegant and approachable for all palates.

On the nose, lively notes of cranberry, pomegranate and a touch of caramel are complemented by hints of violet and slate.  On the palate, ripe raspberry and vibrant notes of white cherry deepen into rich plum characteristics. Beautiful acidity, notes of minerality and the faintest hint of pepper keep the finish long and structured. With such youthful acidity, this 2020 Gamay Noir is guaranteed to age beautifully for years to come.

FOOD MATCHES

Gamay Noir’s natural acidity make it an excellent food wine.  Planked or glazed salmon is a great match for our Gamay, as its bright acidity will cut through the richness of the fish. For a more casual approach, consider a tomato based pizza to match flavours and acidity, or a barbecued burger to bring out some of Gamay’s spicier pepper notes.  In terms of cheese, a cream based cheese such as Brie or an herbed goat cheese will bring out this wine’s fruit characteristic.

Varietal Vineyard Appellation Fermentation
100% Gamay Noir Estate Niagara Peninsula Aged 12 months, older American oak
Original Release Date Alcohol Residual Sugar Cases
January 21, 2023 13.5% 3.0 g/L 350