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Small Lot Gamay, 2021

Shipped and sold by Malivoire Wine Company

2021 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 12% ALC/VOL
Critic's Rating 90 pts

Cheerful fruit scents recall wild berry jam, cherry, and blueberry, accented by anise, vanilla, and a spicy wisp of barbecue smoke. The palate, lively and fresh, is brimming with juicy fruit flavours like raspberry, blackberry, and apple, and again, an appetizing hint of smoky meat.

Hand-sorted grapes were divided into three lots to ferment in oak cuve (50 %), concrete vat (25 %), or stainless-steel tank (25 %). In all cases, 22 % of the grapes were retained in whole clusters, layered-in with crushed berries. After pressing, 41 % of the wine went to stainless steel, while the
larger portion aged in neutral (average 10-year-old) barrels. The finished wine was bottled six months later, in May 2022.

Clusters grown on the Malivoire Estate Vineyard were picked by hand October 8th to 13th as grape sugars achieved 22.4° Brix.

At the time of bottling, alcohol was measured at 12%, residual sugar at 0 gram per litre, titratable acidity 7.4 grams per litre, and pH at 3.37.

Food Companions: Chill to near 14 ° C and enjoy alongside fried calamari, chicken tagine with apricots and olives, or roast duck with plum sauce.

When to drink: now to 2026.

Critic's Rating

Predominantly aged in oak, the balance in stainless. 20% whole bunch. Peppery notes lead over currant and raspberry fruit, fresh, lively and juicy - I like this; simple pleasure.
- John Szabo, MS,
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