"...Lovers of bold and spicy red wines will love this.",
Rick VanSickle, WinesInNiagara.com
A review from our fans...
Absolute: the best wine of all. In fact, this fine wine is finer than fine...it is outrageously gorgeous! Oh my! You need to taste this because you will forever be a fan favourite. Crisp, airy, subtle. It is truly a marvel! 10/10!"
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.
Cellaring Tips: Enjoy now to 2029. If you haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy a back vintage Old Vines Foch yet then now may be the ideal time to start the process. Simply squirrel away one or two bottles a dark corner of your home that has moderately constant temperature (a closet floor does nicely). Perhaps even add a note with your intended 'When to Open Date' like ... save until Dec 2023 or even longer if you’re feeling adventurous.
Of course, make sure that you have enough to enjoy while you wait!
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. Rick VanSickle, WinesInNiagara.com