A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 839: Tawse Wines

Tawse Quarry Road Riesling 2019 (Vinemount Ridge)
Pale straw in colour; minerally, grapefruit nose with a light floral note; developing petrol aromas; just off-dry, honeyed grapefruit and lime flavours with zesty acidity. Long, crisp finish. Can be opened now but will age well for several years. (90)

Tawse Growers Blend Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (Niagara Peninsula)
Pale straw colour; cut grass, lemon zest nose with a thread of minerality; medium-bodied, tart lemony flavour, guava and green pineapple flavours. Drink now, through 2023. (89)

Tawse Quarry Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 (Vinemount Ridge)
Light gold in colour; toasty, apple bouquet with oak spice and vanilla notes; medium-bodied, dry, yellow apple flavour, with well-integrated oak and lively acidity. Good mouth-feel and long on the palate. A beautifully balanced wine. Drink now and through 2023. (91)

Tawse Cherry Ave Vineyard Gamay Noir 2019 (Twenty Mile Bench)
Ruby colour; cherry nose with toasty oak and vanilla notes; medium-bodied, dry, juicy, sour cherry flavour with fresh acidity. A chillable wine. Drinkable now. (90)

Tawse Quarry Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019 (Vinemount Ridge)
Deep ruby in colour; raspberry bouquet with tea leaf notes; medium-bodied, dry, savoury raspberry and cranberry flavours; firmly structured with evident tannins. Drinkable now but will reward cellaring a year or two. (90)

Tawse Growers Blend Cabernet Franc 2019 (Niagara Peninsula)
Deep ruby colour; cedary, lightly floral, vanilla, oak spice, plum bouquet; medium-bodied, dry, savoury red plum flavour, elegant, firmly structured, perfumed, with a note of orange peel in the finish. Drinkable now but cellar for 1–2 years to ameliorate the tannins, (91)

Other wines tasted:

Mission Hill Meritage Reserve 2020 (Okanagan Valley)
Dense purple in colour; cedary, plum and blackcurrant bouquet with oak spice; medium to full-bodied, savoury, black plum and currant flavours with well-integrated oak. (90)

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