Canned wines in BC seem to be the next big thing. I see many either on BC winery websites or other vendor sites. This week I tried my 2nd and 3rd BC canned wines. The Mayhem Wines Rosé 2020 and Pinot Gris 2020. They come in 250 ml cans. As it was a sunny day when I tried these two canned wines, I sat out on my patio. These wines are quite compact in size and would be very easy to take along on a backpacking trip, a day at the beach, or in a park.
My Wine Tasting Notes
Mayhem Wines Rosé 2020
This wine is made from 100% Merlot grapes harvested from the Naramata Bench. The grapes spent minimal time on the skins, were then fully crushed and destemmed, and lastly fermented dry in stainless steel tanks. The wine was left on the lees for three months to create complexity, then blended and filtered before canning.
I have a bottle of this wine, same vintage, as well from Mayhem. I will take separate tasting notes for it upon opening so that I can compare both the bottle and canned versions of this wine. Should be interesting.
Appearance: A lighter salmon colour with significant medium-sized bubbles on the side of the glass.
Nose: A light intensity nose with primary strawberries, then red cherries, and finally mixed red fruits with a hint of watermelon.
Palate: This wine is dry and round with medium-plus acidity. Red cherries and strawberries; crunchy red fruit flavours. Has some bitterness from grape stems I think from the mid-palate to the finish. This wine gets a bit sweeter as the wine is exposed to air and warms up a bit in your glass.
Finish: A medium length finishing with light red fruit flavours and some grape stem.
Rating: – A light strawberry and red fruit nose. Dry and round with higher acidity. Light strawberry and red cherry flavours. Some bitterness from grape stems from mid-palate to the finish.
Mayhem Wines Pinot Gris 2020
These grapes were also harvested from the Naramata Bench then whole bunch pressed and fermented dry in stainless steel tanks. The wine was left on the lees for three months to create complexity, then blended and filtered before canning.
Appearance: Medium intensity bright straw with some lemon colour.
Nose: Medium intensity nose with primarily fresh stone fruits (pears) and lesser amount of citrus. There is also a toasty note which I think comes from the lees ageing of this wine, but could also come from the soil.
Palate: The wine is very slightly off-dry, round with medium acidity. Soft and supple mouthfeel. Ripe pears, apples, a touch of peach and some toastiness on the palate. There is pineapple as well, which gets stronger as the wine stays in your glass. There is also some of the grape stem bitterness that the Rose has but to a lesser degree.
Finish: A medium length finishing with a citrus tang, a touch of peach, some toastiness and a touch of bitterness.
I really enjoyed this wine. I liked the softness and the ripe fruit flavours.
Rating: Fresh stone fruit nose. Medium-plus body, round with medium acidity. Pineapple, ripe pears and apples, along with some grape stem and toastiness, which I think comes from the lees ageing.
Where Can I Buy These Wines?
You can purchase these two canned wines in 12 packs via the Mayhem Wines’ website for $73.08. If you prefer to buy one can at a time, you can purchase the wines through Everything Wine for $8.98 a can.