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|
Our 2017 Mountainview Syrah has been barrel aged in French oak allowing its pepper notes to show upfront and then leading to hints of blackberry, blueberry and black pepper on the palate. Take some time for yourself and savour this wine’s long, smooth finish.
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|Aging Method:||French Oak|
The Angels Step vineyard is an immaculate vineyard on the west side of the Beamsville Bench. Its 25 acres are sloped at a gradual step down that perfectly highlights everything that the bench is known for: slope, elevation, rich soil, excellent drainage and airflow.
This Pinot Noir is a very gentle but complex expression of the grape varietal. On the nose it has lots of cherry, earth, cedar and a bit of spice. The palate is medium to full with lots of raspberry and cherry. The acidity is really special giving this wine a refreshing note which would make it perfect for food.
The vinification includes more than 14 months in French oak barrels which offers excellent texture and softer tannins to the palate.
What is a GSM? Well, it could be a few different blends if you are in the wine know. Our example is an elegant blend of Gamay, Syrah and Merlot.
The unique combination of these three varietals brings something really special to the party. The Gamay provides a soft, refreshing and fresh red berry note. The Syrah brings structure to the palate as well as a bit of smoke and spice while the Merlot does what Merlot does best and provides a soft and velvety finish.
The GSM is part of our limited addition wines with a production of just 200 cases.
Best paired with grilled meats, light fish or pasta dishes.
|Varietal:||Gamay 66%, Syrah 23%, Merlot 11%
|Aging Method:||Barrel aged in French oak for 18 months|
Cabernet Merlot is one of the world’s most common blends. It is typically a blend of one or both of the Cabernet grapes as well as Merlot. In our example we are using Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The Cabernet creates the skeletal structure of the wine, while the Merlot offers elegance. From a winemaker perspective this type of blend is exciting to make, as it is often done solely by nose. Each varietal is monitored and tasted regularly, to allow the fruit to express itself. When the individual wines are close to maturity the winemaker begins selection of specific barrels and proportions for the blend based on the final style of wine that is required. This process takes several months to complete.
The final wine is truly a robust blend of these classic varietals. When the wine is freshly opened it shows aromas of cherry, fig and cedar. Once it has had time to breath, it demonstrates characters of red currant, blackberry, earth and cigar box, followed by subtle undertones of stewed fruits, mulling spices and green peppercorn. The palate is warm with good structure, yet not overwhelming in tannins, followed by a dry finish.
Cabernet Merlot is best served with fine cuts of meat or full flavoured fish. It may also be paired with rich pasta dishes and aged cheeses.
|Varietal:||Cabernet Franc 65% / Merlot 35%|
|Vineyard:||Estate Vineyard, KEW Vineyard|
|Aging Process:||Barrel Aged French Oak 16 Months|