Sometimes a wine’s reputation precedes it. I have always known Malivoire’s Gamay to be good – hell, it’s great – but I couldn’t remember when I sat down with a glass and actually spent time with it. Not all wines require you to sit thoughtfully with a glass in your hand, mulling over different notes, the mouthfeel, but not all wines are Malivoire’s Gamay.
The Wine: Malivoire Gamay 2015
The Price: $17.95
The Grape: Gamay
The Location: Beamsville, ON
Pepper and raspberry notes dominate on the nose and the wine itself is a luscious dark cherry colour. As I swirl the wine around in my glass, I can smell smoke and that cherry colour coming to life. Holy shit this is good is my first thought, as I take a sip. Dark chocolate flavours dance in my mouth and a hint of pomegranates twirl around them.
I am incredibly picky about my red wine; I want flavour, but I don’t want anything too heavy. I want richness in texture, but I also want the mouthfeel to be light, but not too light. Hey, I never said I was easy to please, but this Gamay checks all of my wine boxes. This wine is a people pleaser – both friends and family have fallen in love with this wine lately, and it’s easy to see why.
Gamay is a grape that’s not often seen outside of France, but lucky for us, it thrives in Ontario. It is perhaps most well known for being the grape found in Beaujolais Nouveau, which is a red wine made in the Beaujolais region of France. Both Niagara and Prince Edward County create exceptional Gamay-based wines, and I highly recommend you grab a bottle from each region and compare and contrast them; besides, the more wine, the better!
Malivoire’s Gamay tastes like kinship – a chance meeting when the stars align and everything works out. It’s your new favourite song, different but familiar – bold, even. The chord progression, the beat, the guitar solo – it makes you ask yourself where it’s been hiding (it’s at most LCBOs and available at Malivoire Wine Company).