2013 Chardonnay - Robyn's Block
- VQA Twenty Mile Bench
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2017 - 2021
- Winemaking Notes
This vineyard, named for eldest daughter of Moray and Joanne Tawse, is known to produce wines of superior concentration and lush texture. The 2013 vintage was no exception. Fermented in French Oak, this chardonnay spent 14 months aging in barrel. The nose is abundant with tropical aromas banana and pineapple as well as a hint of white flower & beeswax The palate is surprisingly tart at the beginning but soon gives way to notes of grilled pineapple, white peach and oak spice.
- Growing Conditions
This flagship chardonnay comes from the 34 year old vines of Robyn's Block, the oldest of our estate Chardonnay plantings. Certified organic and biodynamic. Viticultural practices included vertical shoot positioning, shoot thinning, cluster thinning, hand leaf removal and hand harvest.
- Food Pairing
With its freshness and tropical fruit notes, this wine will marry perfectly with a wide spectrum of dishes from light to rich, such as grilled shrimp and pineapple kabobs, seared turbot with caper butter or tortellini with a Gorgonzola cream sauce.
- GOLD MEDAL
- National Wine Awards of Canada
The temptation and the desire to compare Robyn's Block and the other Tawse chardonnays is unavoidable but in 2013 it's a fruitless exercise. Neither warmth, tropical fruit, cold, rain, terpenes or high acidity are hallmark traits of Robyn's Block 2013. So what is? When I tasted through Robyn's barrels with winemaker Paul Pender back in April of 2014, the Mercurey (one year-old, CLL toast) from the oldest (32 years) vines off of the richest site worked wonders in tandem with new oak. Very primary, fermenting notes foretold of a reigned in, restrained Robyn. The Mercurey (new) barrel gifted tang and girth into which the barrel disappears, with sappy toast on the back end. It too was quite young in its evolution but was rich, thick and dense. The Céres (Mineral) barrel brought exclamatory fruit and was ready to drink. All together and three years later these barrels have conspired for all of the above but if I had to sum it up in five words or less I'd say Robyn is "full of energy, texture and beans." She will turn out creamy notes as the decade turns but always maintain her sense of restraint, running sap and fleshy tone. The wine is nothing if not a fascinating introspection into the history and the future of this block. Drink 2017-2023.