I have many friends from PEI, I have many friends who have been to PEI, heck even I have been to PEI and not ever was I aware that there was a vineyard let alone several vineyards on the island. So, the fact that a friend recently brought me a Matos Winery Gamay Noir was a bit weird. Maybe I should have known about this. Maybe I also shouldn’t have bought that Duran Duran album way back when, but one learns.
Man oh man, did I ever get a surprise upon opening this one. I love Gamay almost as much as Pinot Noir. Hell, I even spent a ridiculously expensive year of highschool in Lyon which allowed me countless Beaujolais tours (maybe not countless but certainly enough that I can’t remember). This was by far the most surprising Gamay I have had. Honestly I had no expectations given what (obviously) little I knew about the Island of red sand, brilliant oysters and Anne of Green Gables. I thought of it as a novelty, a bottle my friend bought to simply say “Hey you like wine and I was on PEI so here is a gift.” Like a snowglobe from Vegas or something.
Alas, like most things in my life, I was wrong.
This was a really fun Gamay. A bigger Gamay than I am used to, but really quite nice. Earthy big cherry flavours and a bit leathery, in the good sense, not the worn glove sense. I’d truly buy this if I were able to in my province. The local Gamays in my corner of the earth are beautiful but this has a very noticeable difference. It’s not stronger in alcohol but it is indeed bolder.
Well done PEI, sorry for my assumptions! Website: Matos Winery