Moray Tawse, the owner of Tawse winery in Vineland, made the cover of Britain's prestigious Decanter Magazine with his Tawse Estate Chardonnay 2011. Moray purchased the old Thomas & Vaughan winery in Beamsville in 2009 and renamed it Redstone. This wine is light straw in colour; it has a spicy pear bouquet with vanilla oak. Medium-bodied, dry and elegant, it's beautifully balanced with great length.
Dense, herbal and leathery, Lagrein finds its true home in the mountainous Alto Adige region of Northern Italy. 5 generations of the Lageder family have been farming grapes here, so you have to trust they know what works. With vines ranging from 15 to 50 years old, and a 17-month rest in concrete, it's a promising glimpse. Like this — a richer red, freshened with mountain air, and built around dusky mulberry, herbal, black raspberry and red currants with a firm, leathery structure and furry tannins. Thorny florals and cinnamon bark spicing linger on the finish.
This is a stunning, mature Champagne. Light straw in colour with aromas of baked bread and toasted nuts; medium-bodied, dry and mouth-filling. A regal sparkler with mineral, apple and toast flavours that linger long on the palate.
Young peas, tinned asparagus, fragrant passionfruit and mandarin are scented with lively acidity and medicinal-tinged herbs. Very complete and round on the palate, with Sauvignon's vegetative side on full display. An easy, accessible, familiar style, made well.