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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
- Rick Vansickle, winesinniagara.com
- National Wine Awards of Canada 2017, Bronze Medal
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