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QUILL GAMAY NOIR 2018
Gamay Noir 100% | Vancouver Island – Cowichan Valley
The growing season started wet and cool, with a delayed bud burst. However, this was followed by plenty of sun for flowering and July had enough days over 30°C to make for good grape development. Veraison occurred in late August and harvest took place in October making for excellent phenolic development.
Fermentation was completed in 10 days after two days of cold soaking the must. The wine was pressed to tank, settled and then transferred to neutral French oak barrels to commence malolactic fermentation. It was aged for 10 months in barrel before aging a further 6 months in tank.
Profile & Food Pairing
This wine is fresh and lively, sporting aromas of black currant, cherry and red plum. On the palate, it is light and juicy with moderate to low tannins. For winter and early spring we recommend you serve this wine at room temperature with roast chicken or charcuterie. In summer serve it slightly chilled with lighter fare such as grilled fish and vegetables.
QUILL Q WHITE
Pinot Gris 32% | Cowichan Valley
Schönburger 30% | Comox/Cowichan Valley
Gewürztraminer 24% | Cowichan Valley
Siegerrebe 14% | Cowichan Valley
Each lot of wine for this assemblage was fermented separately, allowing enough time to construct just the right flavour profile to ensure it would possess both aromatics and vibrancy. In order to maintain freshness, malolactic fermentation did not occur.
A food-friendly Vancouver Island blend, this lovely wine exhibits notes of orange blossom, peach and lemon zest.
Unpretentious, this easy-going wine wants to be loved with seafood or on its own.
Classic wines from established vines
Blue Grouse Estate is comprised of 65 acres tucked away on a sunny Vancouver Island slope in the Cowichan Valley, named from a Salishan First Nations word meaning “the warm land”.
The warm, dry summers and mild, moist winters make the Cowichan Valley Canada’s only “cool” maritime Mediterranean climate. The Valley records sufficient growing ‘degree days’ during the Spring and Summer which provides good conditions for many vitis vinifera grape varietals that bud late and ripen early. The influence of global warming appears to be influencing the ripening prospects for grape growing, but varietal and site selection, combined with our vineyard management practices, remain critical to our success.
Tasting notes, bottle shots and image courtesy of the winery.