Jamie Goode tastes an 8 year old Chardonnay from Canada’s Niagara wine region.
It’s the Tawse Quarry Road from Vinemount Ridge. The vineyard was planted in 1998 on mixed limestone and clay soils, and it is farmed biodynamically. This is further away from Lake Ontario than most of the other Niagara Peninsular subregions, with cooler nights, a shorter growing season, but warmer days as a consequence. It’s amazingly fresh and expressive, despite its age – a lovely expression of Niagara Chardonnay.
Tawse are one of Niagara’s leading wineries – https://www.tawsewinery.ca/
Tawse Quarry Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Vinemount Ridge, Niagara, Canada
13% alcohol. From a vineyard planted in 1998 on limestone and clay soils, farmed biodynamically. This is amazingly fresh for an eight year old wine, with a trace of matchstick minerality and a lovely core of citrus fruit. Bright acidity keeps things focused, with some pineapple richness. This is still very bright and linear with lovely balance and focus. So pretty with nice complexity, this should carry on ageing for quite a while. Lovely wine. 94/100
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