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Gold Medal NWAC 2022 92 Points, John Szabo MS 91 points, Elsa MacDonald MW
This artful, site-specific gamay interpretation introduces itself with a wisp of violets. Additional tones of cherry, strawberry, cranberry and Turkish Delight are announced, with a steely undertone as the nose unfolds. Red berry and confectionery characters extend to the palate, enlivened by sassy acidity.
Robustly-ripe grape clusters (sugar average 22.4° Brix) were hand-picked on the 8th of October from the north gamay block of the Malivoire Estate Vineyard.
After sorting, the larger (78%) share of the newly harvested grapes was destemmed, as the remaining 22 % was reserved in whole clusters. The fruit was first layered into a concrete tank. After primary fermentation, the wine was racked to mature (9-to-13-year-old) 300-Litre barrels. Having settled and aged for five-and-a-half months, the wine filled 88 cases in June 2022.
Enjoy now to 2026.
At the time of bottling, alcohol measured 12%, residual sugar: 0 grams per litre titratable acidity: 7.0 grams per litre and pH: 3.30
Dry: 0 g/L residual sugar
Chill to near 14° C and offer with raclette, mushrooms with brie and bannock, calamari, or roast chicken or turkey.
Gold Medal NWAC 2022
92 Points, John Szabo MS Really pretty nose here, fruity, perhaps a low level of brett, or slightly leathery in any case, call it natural, but works nicely in the ensemble. Pure fruit palate, shining, a wash of juiciness and energy. Really like this. Tasted blind at the NWAC awards June 2022.
91 points, Elsa MacDonald MW Generous red fruit - red currant and cranberry with a linear acid. Delicious, refreshing, structured and nicely firm. Tasted blind at the National Wine Awards of Canada, June 2022