2019 Old Vines Foch

89 points, Rick VanSickle, WinesInNiagara.com

Winemaker's Notes:

The bouquet expresses a multitude of sensations: blueberry, grilled pepper,  savoury caper and cardamom and earthy charcoal and moss.  The mouthfeel is bright and silky as nimble acidity primes the palate for flavours of blackberry, red currant and raspberry butter cream trailing to a swirl of dark fruit, smoke and vanilla on the finish.

Picked at Quarry Ridge Vineyard on October 15th as grape sugars averaged 19.2° Brix.  Still tended by the Reimers, this block was planted by the family in 1972.

After primary and full malo-lactic fermentation in stainless steel, the wine aged 16 months in American oak barrels, of which 20% were new, before being bottled in February 2021.

Dry: 3 g/L sugar

At the time of bottling, alcohol measured 12.5%, 3 g/l residual sugar, 7.7 g/l titratable acidity and 3.63pH.

Enjoy now to 2029.

Vegan friendly.           Certified Sustainable.

                           Ontario Certified Sustainable Winemaking


Food Companions:

Try with with roasted or barbecued meats such as game, lamb burgers or short ribs.
Serve near 14° C. 

89 / 100:  Not a lot of Foch is being made at this level in Ontario, but Malivoire has always championed this grape from the Quarry Ridge Vineyard planted in 1972. It has quite the beefy nose of kirsch, blueberry pie, black currants, savoury spices and smoke. It’s bright and lifted on the palate from electric acidity that carries a unique profile of meaty/savoury red and dark berries, smoky notes and rich spices through a bright finish. Lovers of bold and spicy red wines will love this.