Darker berries define the Paul Pender take on Gamay for Niagara and in '13 there is a level of tension and girth not yet approached. This third Tawse Gamay is overt in attitude, connotative of Beaujolais Cru staging, an ovule of rebellion and a disposition just as though in the grips of Asmodeus. The Tawse effect is entrenched in clay and possessive of knowledge as if derived by an invitation only junket to the Gamay motherland. If the stance seems serious, the fruit is up to the task. A Gamay for now and fully capable of aging five or more years. > Learn More
Primarily Cab Franc with 27% Cab Sauv and 15% Merlot, this bounds frm the glass with kitchen spice, herbs, chocolate and mixed field berry aromas. It needs time to knit, but everything's there - great carpentry, deft balance, complexity and charm. Rich, ripe flavours of cherry and spiced black plum coat the palate, red and black currant with a solid tanin underpinning provide an aftertaste that's dry and elegant. Better left until 2014, a three-hour aeration/decant works well for now. > Learn More
Carefully fashioned by 2011 Ontario Winemaker of the Year, Paul Pender" "lifted and lively aromas of cedar, pipe tobacco, forest floor and red berry fruit abound. Juicy, complex flavours of sour cherry and currant mingle with herbs, spice and toasty notes on the medium-bodied, nicely textured wash over the palate. Dry, balanced and mouth-watering on the aftertaste, it finishes in a juicy blaze with racy red berry fruit and wisps of truffles. Good to go now and paired well with smoked, grilled duck breasts or slow-roasted pork. > Learn More
Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
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. > Learn More
Will show that 2010 is the new 1998 for Ontario reds. "Our climate is always workable for early ripening Cab Franc" says Pender, "and when the vintage is right, it's ideal." Layers of rich fruit here packed like sardines within a protective bubble of tannin. Should go to 2020 and beyond. > Learn More
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