Everyone loves an underdog and Gamay, although a classic varietal, always seems to walk in the shadow of Pinot Noir. However, Gamay Noir typically offers enhanced acidity and a more fruit forward palate than the average Pinot Noir.
We treat our Gamay with as much respect as our Pinot Noir. The vines are meticulously maintained ensuring that we get a balanced crop abound with ripe fruit. As Gamay Noir is a delicate style of wine, we allow it to sit on the skins for two weeks. This helps derive colour and complexity. The wine is then barrel aged in both small and large French oak barrels to soften and mature the wine.
On the nose this wine is full of red plum, raspberry, blackberry and a hint of smoked meat. The palate is refreshing, with dominate red berry notes. With its natural acidity, Gamay Noir is a wine that resets the palate with each sip.
One of the best things about Gamay Noir is its versatility. When slightly chilled the fruit steps forward even more, while the acidity drops further into the background. This keeps the wine refreshing and is perfect for those that typically drink white wine.Gamay Noir is a real treat when served alongside grilled meats, stuffed peppers or light gravies. It is also fabulous paired with spicy chicken wings.
|Aging Process:||Barrel Aged in French Oak for 10 Months|
|Vineyard:||Emerald Shore Vineyard|
|Aging Process:||Bottle Fermented (Traditional Method), Minimum 12 Months on Lees|
The Chardonnay grape is revered the world over as the winemaker’s grape, as it presents the opportunity to leave a stamp of originality. Leaving said mark is equally important in both oaked and unoaked versions of this classic varietal. Our unoaked Chardonnay is meant to be a reflection of local terroir, as we believe that good viticultural practices are a key to crafting great wines.
Without the addition of oak we have allowed for several, specifically selected vineyards show the richness of the Niagara Peninsula. Upon first glance this wine has a soft, golden straw hue. Aromas of pear, green apple and lemon zest dominate the nose. The palate shows bright acidity and a light, clean body. The palate features notes of apple and citrus up front, followed by a slightly peachy finish.
This Chardonnay pairs nicely with cream sauce entrees, poultry, sausage, salmon and whitefish.
|Vineyard:||St. John Vineyard, Estate Vineyard and KEW Vineyard|
|Aging Process:||Stainless Steel|