2013 Gamay Noir Sandstone Vineyard

2013 Gamay Noir Sandstone Vineyard

$29.95

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2013 Gamay Noir Sandstone Vineyard

TECHNICAL NOTES

TASTING NOTES

Sandstone is one of the top Gamay vineyards in the Niagara region if not the country. Planted in 1983 with a rare, old clone of Gamay Noir, the Willms family manage this special vineyard with a minimal interventionist approach utilizing cover crops between rows, low yields and integrated pest management techniques. Drip irrigation systems were installed after severe drought conditions in the 2007 vintage but water is only used now for new vines and in very severe weather conditions. Four Mile Creek is one of the hottest, sunniest sub-appellations in Niagara. This combined with the dry, crumbly, Sandstone loam soils and old vines ensures serious ripeness and remarkable power in every bottle of our Sandstone Vineyard Gamay.

Serve now in larger Burgundy-style balloon glasses, slightly cool (18-20°C). Feel free to decant if you wish or enjoy the wine as it evolves in your glass. Excellent served alongside classic, high quality Bistro fare, grilled or roasted poultry and red meats, lightly smoked meats and semi-firm cheeses. Unlike many wines made from Gamay, this powerfully structured version will reward cellaring for up to 10 years with a cornucopia of new aromas and mellowed textures.
 

wine REVIEWS

Rick Vansickle WinesinNiagara.com

92 points

“Long before Gamay had its own hashtag (#GoGamayGo) there was 13th Street Sandstone Gamay, one of top examples of this grape from anywhere in Canada. Planted in 1983 with a rare, old clone of Gamay Noir, the Willms family manage this vineyard with a minimal interventionist approach utilizing cover crops between rows, low yields and integrated pest management techniques. Drip irrigation systems were installed after severe drought conditions in the 2007 vintage but water is only used now for new vines and in very severe weather conditions. Four Mile Creek is one of the hottest, sunniest sub-appellations in Niagara. That combined with the dry, crumbly, Sandstone loam soils and old vines provide ultimate ripeness and a unique expression of this grape in Niagara. For Colas, who is using less and less oak in the Sandstone, and, with this vintage, minimal sulphur in the wine: “The grapes are king. I don’t want to showcase the winemaker, I want to showcase the grapes.” He has created a beautiful Gamay from the 2013 vintage with an attractive nose of rich red fruits, super-charged cherries, ripe plums, black currants, subtle spice and a floral note. It has wonderful mouthfeel, chewy tannins, underbrush and spice to go with a basket of red fruits, currants, leather and rousing acidity. This is serious Gamay to be enjoyed now or cellared for up to five years.”

Sara d'Amato Wine Align

91 points

“Impressive depth from this Gamay, no doubt due to the historic, old vines from which it is sourced. A Niagara "Cru" style offering more body and concentration than a typical Beaujolais. Lightly peppery, pleasantly earthy. Memorable. Tasted July 2016”