Monday, October 10, 2011

Tawse Winery 2010 Quarry Road Vineyard Gewürztraminer, Vinemount Ridge VQA

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One of our favorite places is Tawse Winery in Vineland, Ontario. The vibe is just right from the striking architecture of the building to the upscale tasting room with a majestic view of the tank room.

Of course the main delight is the outstanding wine. During our last visit there (during TasteCamp North) we were treated to a special tour and tasting with winemaker Paul Pender.

The wines were superb and the best of the bunch, was the 2010 Quarry Road Vineyard Gewürztraminer.

Gewurztraminer is on of my favorite wines. Green Dragon, a former Gewurz lover, recently decided she didn’t like it any TasteCamp North 2011 050more because of too much rose petal flavor.

This Gewurz is quite different in approach with an accent of minerality and lychee. There is also a dash of spice and lemon zest.

We uncorked this bottle around the fire pit and Jazzman commented that he was ready to dig into some spicy hot wings from BW3.

This wine is also biodynamic and organic, something in which Pender and Tawse take great pride. Uncorking this bottle for me also uncorked the sights and smells of the vineyard as we strode around in the morning fog while Paul explained subtleties of the terroir and the quirks of biodynamic winemaking.

Soul, depth and character sum up this outstanding Gewurztraminer – one of the best I’ve ever had!

Rated ***** out of *****.

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