It's New Year's Eve, and I want a delicious red wine to take me into the New Year. What do I grab from my wine cabinet? Malivoire 's Albert's Honour Old Vines Foch 2013. When I first open the bottle I am hit with the smell of berries. After I pour the deliciously dark red wine into the glass and swirl it around, it has a fragrant aroma that smells deliciously earthy and rustic. This is common with wines like Baco Noir, which like Foch is a hybrid grape.
The Wine: Malivoire – Albert’s Honour
Grape Variety: Foch
Location: Beamsville, Ontario
Hybrid grapes are the offspring of two different species of vitis (grapevines) and have become popular in modern times, because they tend to be more resilient to things like fungal diseases. Not sexy, I know, but I also like to know a little bit of history about the grape I’m drinking. Baco Noir and Foch are both excellent hybrid grape choices.
Malivioire’s Foch is a rich red wine, which though dry, isn't heavy. It's definitely not a wine that I would chug (like Pinot Noir) - it's on the conversation side of things; one you sip slowly over dinner, or in our case, over the course of New Year's Eve.
After the first sip, the taste of blackberries are left in my mouth, there's a smokey aspect to this wine. It's earthy, one that I want to drink on a farm, but it’s also silky and smooth. Malivoire’s Old Vines Foch is rustic and classy.
I could sing the praises of Ontario wine until the bottle is empty, and I do, but this wine is special and it reiterates the fact that our red wines are something to savour. They're adventurous and they take risks, but they also do classic so well.
This is a delicious wine and one I can't wait to drink again.
New Years resolutions? Drink more Foch in 2016.
Would I buy it again?: Foch yes (sorry, I had to).