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13th Street Gamay 2018

Canada, Ontario
89 WA
92 W&S
13th Street Gamay 2018

Another delicious Gamay, reconfirming this grape variety is arguably the most gulpable red grape in Ontario (and beyond).

Top 100 Best Buys of 2019 – Wine & Spirits Magazine (Winter 2019)

 

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer 13th Street Winery
Vintage 2018
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Gamay Noir
¥3,300

Another delicious Gamay, reconfirming this grape variety is arguably the most gulpable red grape in Ontario (and beyond).

Top 100 Best Buys of 2019 – Wine & Spirits Magazine (Winter 2019)

 

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer 13th Street Winery
Vintage 2018
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Gamay Noir
Data
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 12.5%
Product Code A003R01418
UPC NA
Inventory In Stock (29)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Another delicious Gamay, reconfirming this grape variety is arguably the most gulpable red grape in Ontario (and beyond). The nose is fruity with bright black raspberry notes, along with licorice and black pepper. Excellent depth and complexity on the palate with flavours of black cherry, mushroom and leather with ample balancing acidity and a long finish with notes of spice. Will certainly reward those who cellar for the short-to-midterm but is drinking perfectly well on release. Serve slightly chilled so it feels cool in your mouth (13-15oC) and enjoy it with a range of flavourful every day favourites like pepperoni pizza, shepherd’s pie, pasta Bolognese or veggie stir fry.

Pairing

Enjoy it with a range of flavourful every day favourites like pepperoni pizza, shepherd’s pie, pasta Bolognese or veggie stir fry

Cellaring

Enjoy now through 2025!

Press
89WineAlign
89 points, John Szabo.  Lean, with the signature wet clay character of 13th Street, this gamay sourced partly from estate vineyards features darker fruit than the mean, black raspberry and cherry in particular, open and very engaging. Tannins are plush but quite abundant. lending structure to the billowing fruit. Acids are likewise well balanced and line up nicely. Fine concentration and length, a very strong value contender in the category. Drink or hold even mid-term - this has stuffing. 
92Wine & Spritis Magazine
92 points - Wine & Spirits Magazine April 2019 This drinks like a cru Beaujolais, with a deep, rich meatiness to its tart cherry-cranberry fruit. Winemaker Jean-Pierre Colas pulls the fruit mainly from two estate-owned vineyards, Sandstone and Whitty, and ferments it entirely in stainless steel. With its satin texture and bright, invigorating acidity, it's terrifically thirst-quenching, especially with a light chill and a grilled steak.
Reviews & Ratings

89 points, John Szabo, MS, winealign.com
Clean, with the signature wet clay character of 13th Street, this gamay sourced partly from estate vineyards features darker fruit than the mean, black raspberry and cherry in particular, open and very engaging. Tannins are plush but quite abundant. lending structure to the billowing fruit. Acids are likewise well balanced and line up nicely. Fine concentration and length, a very strong value contender in the category. Drink or hold even mid-term - this has stuffing. Tasted October 2020

89 points, Natalie Maclean, nataliemaclean.com
Wow, this is a mouth-watering, brilliant Gamay Noir from Niagara wine country. Smoky, bright cherry and pepper spice aromas on the nose, dry, medium-bodied with bright dark cherry, meaty, cracked pepper fresh herb flavours on the palate. Pair with well-marbled grilled meats.

Production

Appellation

VQA Niagara Peninsula

Vintage Notes

The winter of 2017/2018 was again mild, with an especially warm February, but a cool April with some snow and ice pushed bud-burst back for an average start to the growing season. Once the summer finally started it was hot and humid, with prolonged periods of extreme heat. Luckily rain started in September, perfect to refresh grapes destined for early picking such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gamay for sparkling and Pinot Gris and Chardonnay for whites. Unfortunately, the rain did not stop and there was some pressure to pick late ripening whites and early ripening reds before disease set in. Gamay, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Merlot had to be sorted in the vineyard and again on sorting tables in the winery to ensure only pristine bunches were kept. The rain finally subsided in late October so late-ripening varieties such as Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon were harvested in pristine condition. Overall yields were low with intense ripeness in most varieties. Early picked whites are crisp and full of flavour while later picked reds are full-bodied with ripe tannins. Wines will be drinking well on release or can cellar for the medium term.

Viticulture

Harvesting for each vineyard took place in late September and early October and the grapes were vinified separately. The grapes were sorted both in the vineyard and on sorting table to ensure only the most pristine fruit entered the tank.

Vinification

Harvesting for each vineyard took place in late September and early October and the grapes were vinified separately. The grapes were sorted both in the vineyard and on sorting table to ensure only the most pristine fruit entered the tank. After crushing and de-stemming the grapes were moved to stainless steel fermenters where the primary fermentation took place over 3 weeks. After pressing, malolactic fermentation was completed in tank and the wines were kept separate until final blending and bottling in early June 2019.

Producer

Producer Description

Discover 13th Street Winery

Originally started by four amateur winemaker friends the winery was purchased in 2008 by the current owners: John & June Mann and Doug & Karen Whitty. Both families have deep roots in the Niagara community.

13th Street Winery evolved from a desire to create exceptional wines that reflect the unique terroir of Niagara, while also providing a place for guests to congregate and escape; to relax and discover; and to experience and learn. Owners, partners, and friends Doug and Karen Whitty and John and June Mann share a common love of wine, food, art, and a genuine heart for hospitality. It was this shared appreciation that brought them together and inspired the vision for 13th Street Winery.

Both families have established roots in Niagara and a strong commitment to the community. Doug Whitty is the third generation to be operating the family farm in St. Catharines, which was originally established in 1908. John Mann has been involved in farming for over 30 years, while also building a very successful automotive dealership network in St. Catharines and the surrounding areas.

Winemaker l Jean-Pierre Colas

Jean-Pierre Colas is one of the most talented French trained winemakers in the business. His winemaking philosophy is quite simple. 

He believes that great wines come from the best grapes grown in the best vineyards, whereas winemaking techniques are only utilized to supplement and capture the very essence of the grapes’ provenance and character. With this philosophy in mind, JP excels at crafting high-quality red wines paramount to the Niagara peninsula: Gamay Noir, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. Likewise, JP guides the production of exceptional white wines, including world class Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer.

In his home country of France, JP worked at the notable Chablis house, Domaine Laroche, where he produced Wine Spectator Magazine’s 1998 White Wine of the Year, an award he received for his Domaine Laroche Grand Cru Les Clos 1996. Also in 1998, Jean-Pierre was awarded the Best Wine in the Wine Enthusiast, Grand Cru Chablis Blanchots “Reserve de l’obedience” 1996 (99 pts).

Between France and his current residency at 13th Street, Jean-Pierre travelled and worked extensively around the world, including Carmen Vineyards in Chile, Bodegas Chandon in Argentina, and Oyster Bay Winery in New Zealand. He has studied and worked under a number of exceptional winemakers including Michel Givors in Morgon, Beaujolais and Gilbert Picq, and Michel Laroche in Chablis, Burgundy.

In 2018, Jean-Pierre received White Wine of the Year and a Gold Medal for Premier Cuvée 2012 at the 2018 Ontario Wine Awards.

Vineyards

13th Street is Sustainable Winemaking Ontario Certified Each vintage. 100% of the wines produced by 13th Street Winery are made from fruit sourced exclusively in the Niagara Peninsula with 85% or more coming from their own vineyards. Their very first vines were planted at the 13th Street Vineyard in 1976. In the years since, they’ve planted Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Gris and now have amassed more than 40 acres of estate vineyards in the VQA Creek Shores appellation of Niagara.

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