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  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2017, Bronze Medal

Chardonnay - South Bay, 2013

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2013 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL ,13% ALC/VOL

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Critic's Rating93 pts


Winemaking Notes: Eager to explore the diverse terroirs of Ontario, Tawse Winery and Huff Estates exchanged fruit from the 2013 vintage. We were keen to try our winemaking methods on Chardonnay from “The County”, just to see how important terroir actually is. In return, Huff did the same with our Quarry Road Pinot Noir. Barrel fermented and aged for 12 months, the result is a Chardonnay with aromas of minerality, tropical fruits and oak spice. The palate is lean and crisp with bright acidity and minerality; with hints of crisp Bosc pear and toast.

Growing Conditions: Planted in 2001, the South Bay vineyard is located in Prince Edward County and is a mix of clay, loam, shale loam and limestone. Conventional farming methods.

Food Pairing: The minerality and fruitiness of this Chardonnay will pair nicely with beet salad, scallop ceviche or grilled calamari sprinkled with fresh lemon.

Drinking Window: 2016 - 2020

Awards & Ratings

Critic’s Rating:

93 pts

A first for Tawse, swapping Quarry Road Pinot Noir for Huff Estate’s South Bay Chardonnay in Prince Edward County and applying the same disciplined winemaking techniques as all Tawse Chards: barrel fermented, wild yeast, 12 months in French oak, 25% new. A beauty, with PEC minerality, a river-rock salinity that melds to swirling baked apple, pear and tangerine with soft spice notes on the nose. It’s a lovely and textured Chard on the palate, rich and broad, with a mélange of citrus, pear and apple fruit and perfectly integrated spice and minerals that are delivered on a long-lasting finish. Bravo!

- Rick Vansickle,


  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2017, Bronze Medal National Wine Awards of Canada 2017, Bronze Medal

Connoisseur Note(s):

Fruit of a first-ever exchange of chardonnay between Niagara-based Tawse and Huff Estates in Prince Edward County, Paul Pender's rendition of the maturing South Bay vineyard is a cracking example. It has lost the cream corn character it was worryingly displaying when first tasted in barrel, and now delivers the more typical sharp and precise fruit, and stony character of the County. A fine streak of green fruit and bright acids run through seamlessly from start to finish. Fine length and depth overall; I'd say this still has scope to develop further, another year or two to hit full stride. A terrific expression that carries both the PEC regional signature, and the Tawse imprint of depth and density, balance and class.

- 92 points  John Szabo, WineAlign


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