Ontario Reviews

Bachelder 2018 Gamay Noir, 52% Whole Cluster, Wismer-Foxcroft

I’ll come right out and say this – my favourite of Bachelder’s four 2018 Gamays – here’s why: there’s a richness and finesse to this wine – it deserves study, but it is also highly drinkable. Smoky, earthy, and peppered-strawberries kick things off adding red currant, blueberry, cassis and a pretty floral element. It mixes dark fruit with red fruit and is further complemented by its darker, richer colour … and there’s even hints of fresh cigar on the finish. Specs also detail wild ferment, 14 months in neutral oak, later harvest and 52% whole cluster pressing (as stated on the label) – results speak for themselves. A complex Gamay that proves to be a true Niagara Cru.  Price: $26.95 – Rating: **** ½

Gamay Noir
Niagara Peninsula

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