"The classic traditional method combination of pinot noir and chardonnay delivers a dry and toasty scintillant in the Redstone Sparkling. The warm and dreamy vintage brings the sunshine ripeness so even though this is a fizz of pulse, energy and high tonality it's well-grounded by creamy pear and white peach fruit. For the price it's both up there with the best that Ontario can offer but also a perfectly suitable Champagne alternative for a fraction of the cost. I'd even go so far as to say it's positioned near the top of méthode Champenoise examples found anywhere in the world."
91 points - Michael Godel, WineAlign, Mar 2019
|Bottles Per Case||12 Pack|
|Bottle Size||750 ml|
|Region||Canada (Canada), Niagara (Canada), Ontario (Canada)|
|Farming Method||Sustainable, Traditional|
|Grapes||28% Chardonnay, 72% Pinot Noir|
|Food Pairing||Cocktail, Foie gras, Rich Fish, Soft Cheese, White Meat|
|Descriptors||Floral, Fruity, Mineral|
|Price of Case||$299.40|
In his quest to explore terroir, Moray Tawse leaves no stone unturned. First came his namesake winery in Vineland, ON. Then it was Marchand-Tawse and Domaine Tawse in Burgundy. And now Redstone Winery, in Beamsville, ON.
Moray purchased the Lincoln Lakeshore property, formerly Thomas and Vaughan Estate Winery, in 2009, citing that it was an opportunity to explore a different terroir that he simply couldn’t pass up. Inspired by the red dust which covered everything, including his boots, the first time he strolled the vineyard, he named the new winery Redstone, for its intensely red clay soil and large stones.
The 38-acre estate vineyard, farmed organically, is perfect for maturing late-ripening varietals including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. There is also Pinot Gris on the property. Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay from recently acquired Limestone vineyard will round out the estate portfolio.
After working closely with the winemakers for over four years, Jessica Otting took on the Assistant Winemaker role in 2018, and as of 2020 assumed the role of Winemaker for both Tawse and Redstone Winery.