Mayhem in British Columbia Tries its Luck with Wine in a Can

Last year I tried my first wines in a can a Merlot, Rose and Chardonnay. And the production process unfortunately resulted in a rather spritzy result which was corrected quickly in a subsequent batch and the wine was good.

I wonder what Mayhem canned wine will taste like. Canned wine is increasing in popularity here in Ontario but like the Astra Zeneca vaccine it is not taking the City of Toronto by storm. What is the reason for canned wine? It might be an ideal solution for those who don’t want a bottle sitting around for days or it might be good for picnic. In Toronto there has been some talk of relaxing the rules prohibiting drinking in parks due to COVID house arrest.

The first can is a 2020 Pinot Gris. There are some tiny bubbles and thank goodness they are not giving the wine a spritzy quality. Aromas of lime, lemon, vanilla and lemon wafer cookies. It has some substance on the palate. On the palate some pear, guava and pineapple. Short finish.

Sourced from Mayhem’s Anarchist Vineyard and from established growers in the Okanagan.

(Mayhem 2020 Pinot Gris Cans, BC VQA, $73.08 for 12 pack, 250 mL, Produced under License from Meyer Family Vineyards, 13%, Robert K. Stephen Set The Bar Rating 89/100).

Now off to the Rosé which is 100% Merlot. The bottled version was slightly different with a tiny bit of Cabernet Franc. Again it has a spritzy film floating on top of the pour but no spritz on the taste. It seems a bit lighter in colour than the bottled version. Aromas of cherry, strawberry and watermelon. On the palate notes of watermelon, raspberries and strawberries. This just seems less serious than the bottled version. Lighter and more carefree and a little less concentrated.

Being upfront with you I prefer wine from a bottle but for convenience sake it may be better to go with a can!

I see the tech sheet says it goes well with boating, golfing, poolside and licensed beaches. As golfing, boating and swimming can result in serious injuries drink with caution.

(Mayhem 2020 Rosé Cans, BC VQA, $73.08 for a 12 pack, 250 mL, Produced under license from Meyer Family Vineyards, 13%, Robert K. Stephen Set The Bar Rating 89/100)

If you’d like to order some call the winery at 844.629.4361.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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