2020 Small Lot Gamay
92 points, Rick VanSickle
If you’re not familiar with Small Lot Gamay, trust us: it is versatile, and crowd-pleasing and the kind of wine that you’ll always be glad to have on-hand. Wednesday night order-in pizza? Perfect. Weekend dinner with family al fresco? Absolutely. How about the well-earned glass at the end of a long day? 100%!
Winemaker's Notes:The nose is bursting with sweet cherry, cranberry and strawberry aromas, with further accents of white pepper, violet and wood shavings.
On tasting, it is bright and juicy with abundant red fruit, pepper and plum flavours proclaiming a great vintage.
Grapes from the Malivoire Estate Vineyard were picked September 29th at 22.3° Brix.
Hand-sorted grapes were divided into two lots to ferment in concrete (55%) or oak vats (45%). In both cases, one-third of the grapes were retained in whole clusters to be layered-in with crushed berries. After primary and malo-lactic fermentation and blending, 30% of the wine went to stainless steel, while the larger portion aged in neutral barrels.
The finished wine was bottled six months later, in June 2021;
Alcohol measured 12%; Titratable Acidity: 7.8 grams per litre; pH: 3.27
Enjoy now through 2025.
Dry: 0.6 g/L residual sugar
Vegan friendly. Certified Sustainable.
Serve near 14°C and enjoy alongside Charcuterie, Calamari, grilled Salmon with grainy Mustard sauce, Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Olives or festive dishes like turkey with all the trimmings.
92 points, Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com
The estate grapes were divided into two lots to ferment in concrete (55%) and oak vats (45%). After fermentation and blending, 30% of the wine went to stainless steel, while the larger portion was aged in neutral oak barrels. It has a vivid, expressive nose of crunchy cranberries, savoury raspberries, tart cherries, ripe black cherries, subtle floral notes and spice. It’s juicy on the palate with a lovely basket of red berries, plums, savoury spices and pepper with a bright, finessed flare on the finish.