Beamsville Bench, Ontario, Canada
Alc. 12 %
Speaking of the 2017 vintage, David Lawrason says that "Malivoire is showing the way with Ontario gamay." And we couldn't agree more! Malivoire, and Canadian winemaking superstar Shiraz Mottiar (who won Ontario Winemaker of the year in 2017), are renowned for their Chardonnay, Rosè and of course, Gamay. Each wine begins in the vineyard, and the winery's philosophy starts here too, "...that excellence as a winery begins with healthy soil and vines, and depends on minimal human manipulation of the fruit and its wine."
A purist of sorts, Shiraz and the team at Malivoire rely heavily on the health of their vineyard and quality of their grapes. The Small Lot Gamay is one of several Gamays produced by Malivoire, a specialty here and in the region. Gamay was actually one of Ontario's first vinifera plantings recorded, in 1978. This cold weather grape is home in Beaujolais, France, with very little found elsewhere — but it excels here in Niagara! It makes a perfect summer red, as it drinks well chilled down to 12-15 C. Enjoy this summer, or by the end of 2021.
Light cherry coloured with ruby reflections.
Perfumed and vibrant nose, chock full of spice, floral, and fruits. Classic Gamay aromas of violet, bramble, and cherry. Nuances of oak, bark, and earth lend to a rugged note that balances the bright berries.
A wine generous in flavour, but medium-light bodied and balanced. Supple, barely there tannins give the spotlight to bright acidity and freshness of fruit. Again, the cherry, plum, and bramble berry are partnered with garrigue and earthy notes that temper the juicy nature of the wine. Drying on the palate, with hints of white pepper through the finish complete a perfect sip.
Grilled honey glazed salmon will play well with the sweet notes and earthy undertones. We also like eggplant steaks marinated with miso and sesame, served with rice pilaf or a simple veggie medley.