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Grower's Blend Meritage VQA by Tawse Winery 2011

Grower's Blend Meritage VQA

by Tawse Winery 2011

Producer : Tawse Winery

Region : Canada (Canada), Niagara (Canada), Ontario (Canada)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables

Tasting Notes

Having tasted through single-varietal Bordeaux barrels with Paul Pender last January, I was amazed to be informed at Taste Ontario that much of that juice was declassified into this inaugural Grower's Blend. At that time the richness and poise of the varieties seemed destined for the winemaker's top of the heap Meritage. That loss is this blend's gain. Composed of Cabernet Sauvignon (42 per cent), Merlot (40) and Cabernet Franc (18), the GB brings together the hallways of always high quality David's Block Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Redstone Cabernet Franc. So very juicy, the fruit is mastered by a tannic anxiety so in its current state, the wine is haunted by its own house. This Tawse 2011 is a haunting idle, an instrumental that serves as a breath-catcher, If the finish of minutes riding the quark is any indication, sometime between five and 10 years from now this union will speak with wonderful clarity.

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Tawse Winery
Region Canada (Canada), Niagara (Canada), Ontario (Canada)
Alcohol 14% alc. / vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2011
Farming Method Organic, Sustainable, Traditional
Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy, Fruity
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Full
Price of Case $179.70

The Producer

Tawse Winery

Situated on the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment, Tawse is a family-owned organic winery. A life-long lover of wine, Burgundy in particular, founder Moray Tawse purchased the Cherry Avenue property in 2001 after realizing the great potential of the Niagara Escarpment as a word-class cool-climate wine region. In 2005, he opened his state-of-the-art winery in Vineland, complete with a six-level, gravity-flow design, geo-thermal system and a wetland bio-filter.

The inspiration for Moray’s eponymous Niagara property came from his love of Burgundian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Uniting traditional winemaking techniques with state-of-the-art technology, Tawse and the award-winning winemaking team of Paul Pender and Rene Van Ede, is dedicated to producing terroir-driven wines of exceptional elegance, depth and character.

At Tawse, winemaking begins in the vineyards. We proudly apply rigorous organic methods to every aspect of our production from grape-growing to winemaking and Ecocert seals appear on all wines made from our estate fruit.

Today, having acquired over 200 acres (5 vineyards) and being named Canadian Winery of the year in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2016, Tawse Winery now produces 30,000 cases of wine and has one of the largest portfolios of organic wines in the Niagara region.

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