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Quarry Road Chardonnay VQA Vinemount Ridge 1.5L Magnum

by Tawse Winery 2016


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Producer : Tawse Winery

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

Bottle Per Case : 1 x 1500 ml

Food Pairing : Pasta, Rich Fish, Salad, Vegetables, White Meat

Tasting Notes

There is no secret that 2016 can align itself with the best of them in Niagara and chardonnay is clearly right in the middle of the discussion. Knowing that, how could the iconic triad of varietal, producer and vineyard not rise like fresh summer fruit cream to the top of the discourse? The years of Pender and Bourgogne barrel studies have come to this; spot on in blending Quarry fruit from wood and associated forests, staves and toasts, here the crux of sonic, sonar, and olfactory waves are met in optimum phenolic crash. The crush of chardonnay, the cryogenic liquid wait and the ultimate goal is achieved. Balance is struck at 12.5 degrees alcohol and all the perfectly seasoned grape tannin you could want. Drink 2020-2027. 94 points - David Larson, WineAlign, May 2020

This is a classic, firm, mineral driven, very Burgundian chardonnay. I am tempted to compare more to Chablis than Cote de Beaune but Puligny can have this kind of stony yet elegant ambiance. The nose is quite complex with evolving hazelnut, marzipan, toast and wood smoke around green pear fruit. The acidity and minerality make appear "light" but it is not. It is really solid. The spice and minerality hit excellent to outstanding length. Great white wine right under our noses. 94 points - Michael Godel, WineAlign, May 2020

It never fails to amaze me how slowly the wines from Tawse's Quarry Road vineyard evolve. The 2016 is barely out of the gates, still a little sulfury, evidently with a very long life ahead. If you're drinking it now, I'd suggest decanting; the palate is dusty and chalky, acids crunchy and fresh, especially considering the warm 2016 vintage, but Quarry is a cool, windy site - it needs time and/or air. For now it's all citrus and green apple, cherry blossom and linden, with nary a whiff of oak influence. Length and depth are good now, but will develop further with time no doubt. A great vintage for the Quarry. 93 points - John Szabo, MS, WineAlign, May 2020


Bottles Per Case Single Bottles
Point Score 94
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 1500 ml
Producer Tawse Winery
Region Canada (Canada), Niagara (Canada), Ontario (Canada)
Alcohol 12.5% alc./vol.
Style Aromatic whites
Vintage 2016
Farming Method Sustainable, Traditional
Grapes Chardonnay
Food Pairing Pasta, Rich Fish, Salad, Vegetables, White Meat
Descriptors Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type White
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $78.95

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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