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13th Street Gamay Vin Gris 2019

Canada, Ontario
90 WA
92 WA
13th Street Gamay Vin Gris 2019

This Vin Gris is the result of classic white wine-making techniques used on red grapes – full bunches put into the press, free run juice collected and a very soft pressing, resulting in just the faintest tint of pink

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer 13th Street Winery
Vintage 2019
Color Rosé / Orange Wine
Varietal(s) Gamay Noir
¥3,300

This Vin Gris is the result of classic white wine-making techniques used on red grapes – full bunches put into the press, free run juice collected and a very soft pressing, resulting in just the faintest tint of pink

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer 13th Street Winery
Vintage 2019
Color Rosé / Orange Wine
Varietal(s) Gamay Noir
Data
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 11%
Product Code A003P00219
UPC 895770011802
Inventory In Stock (28)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Pale pink in the glass. The nose is fragrant with floral notes, cherries, lemon zest and grapefruit. The palate is bright with acidity and flavours of sour cherry and mineral with slight note of tannin and fresh lemon thyme, leading to a long, refreshing finish.

Pairing

Super versatile - great with summer fare, poulty, fish and soft cheeses.

Cellaring

Enjoy now through 2024

Press
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90 points - Michael Godel (Wine Align) Made with gamay from the home Whitty Vineyard, named Vin Gris and mostly by free-run with just a little bit of pressed juice blended in. Ostensibly Rosé though splitting hairs should be left for the purists. Salty and as close to a Vin Gris heart as you’re going to get so laud the style and offer kudos to the sapidity, briny berry and fine execution. Surely musky and also a flavour profile that puts sour mango against yellow fleshed melon. And so very dry. Drink 2020-2022. Tasted May 2020.
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92 points - Sara D'Amato (Wine Align) Lovely, fresh and appealing with notable saltiness. Almost Provençal in character, dry and succulent. Offering plentiful floral notes as well as strawberry and peach. Clean and succinct with lovely precision. Tasted May 2020. 90 points - Michael Godel (Wine Align) Made with gamay from the home Whitty Vineyard, named Vin Gris and mostly by free-run with just a little bit of pressed juice blended in. Ostensibly Rosé though splitting hairs should be left for the purists. Salty and as close to a Vin Gris heart as you’re going to get so laud the style and offer kudos to the sapidity, briny berry and fine execution. Surely musky and also a flavour profile that puts sour mango against yellow fleshed melon. And so very dry. Drink 2020-2022. Tasted May 2020.
Production

Appellation

VQA Creek Shores

Vinification

From an early pick of our Whitty Vineyard in Creek Shores, our Vin Gris is the result of classic white wine-making techniques used on red grapes – full bunches put into the press, free run juice collected and a very soft pressing, resulting in just the faintest tint of pink. The wine was bottled in March 2020 following a light fining and filtration.

Production Amount

9624
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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