2012 Chardonnay - Robyn's Block

VQA Twenty Mile Bench
Bottle size
750 mL
Winemaking Notes

Barrel-fermented and aged 12 months in French oak, Robyn’s Block Chardonnay boasts an expressive nose of citrus zest, fresh pineapple and a hint of white flower. On the palate, it delivers crisp notes of apple and pineapple, complemented by lively acidity, lush body and well-integrated oak spice.

Growing Conditions

This flagship chardonnay comes from Robyn's Block, 33 year-old vines, 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. In a warm growing season like 2012, Chardonnay reached optimal ripeness and exceptional intensity and body. An early harvest date also helped retain freshness.

Tasting Notes
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

RICK VANSICKLE - winesinniagara.com

This is the premier Twenty Mile Bench site for Tawse’s extensive Chardonnay program. The vines, farmed organically and biodynamically, are 32 years old and the wine is barrel fermented with wild yeast and is aged for 12 months in French oak, 20% of which is new. The 2012 version follows the incredible 2011 Robyn’s Block, my white of the year in 2014 and rated 94 points. This is very close to that, though a much different wine from the warmer 2012 vintage. It has a complex and heady nose of creamy Asian pear, elegant barrel spices, baked apple and intermingling minerals. It’s young still, but starting to reveal it’s beautiful palate of poached pear, toasted barrel spices, vanilla and profound minerality. It has length, finesse and verve through a long, luxurious finish. Simply delicious and well suited for your cellar.


The 2012 Robyn's Block is a relatively broad, full, and generously proportioned chardonnay by Ontario standards, following in the footsteps of previous vintages, and the signature of this biodynamically-farmed site that has emerged over the last decade. It has nonetheless grown finer and less wood-influenced, and more restrained overall over the years, a result of the shifting house philosophy and an increasingly sensitive hand in the winery. If anything, this ripe vintage has been rendered in a less concentrated style than might have been expected. For my money it's not the top of the Tawse range, even if excellent, an opinion which only highlights the rest of the exceptional chardonnays made chez Tawse.