2013 Chardonnay - Estate

VQA Twenty Mile Bench
Bottle size
750 mL
Winemaking Notes

This is an aromatic chardonnay with oak spice, ripe tropical fruits, melon and white flower prevalent on the nose. These intense aromas are followed by flavours of honey dew melon, royal gala apple and apple pie spice.

Growing Conditions

A blend of chardonnay sourced from the certified organic and biodynamic Robyn’s Block, David’s Block and Hillside estate vineyards. Viticultural practices included vertical shoot positioning, shoot thinning, cluster thinning, hand leaf removal and hand harvest. The hot summer of 2012 produced a wine with well-rounded body and soft acidity.

All prices include Ontario bottle deposits; $0.20 for bottles of 750 mL and $0.10 for bottles of 375 mL and less.

Professional Reviews

Michael Godel www.winealign.com

The rock of the compos mentis Tawse chardonnay is the Estate, as consistently composed as any in the high end Ontario tier. The simple plan leads to something ultimately complex, first by charitable dispensation by a vintage like 2013 and then from fruit synchronically pulled off of four iconically developing vineyards; David's Block (39 per cent), Quarry Road (35), Hillside (14) and Robyn's Block (11). The balance of fruit, mineral and barrel is impeccable with many thanks due to Paul Pender's recondite investigative barrel program. The Estate chardonnay owes a great deal to French forests and variegated toasts, all of which show tongue and teeth in this wine. The layering here (and really fine lees) brings creamy tropical as well as crisp Ontario fruit. This is the most soothing of Tawse's chardonnays with a developing sense of tart candied flowers melting into caramel. In other words, delicious. Drink 2017-2020.