Pricey, yes, but owner Moray Tawse aims high. And he succeeds admirably here. Yes, the same Tawse behind the nearby winery of the same name. This is his new Niagara venture on property purchased in 2009. Rene Van Ede, who worked at Tawse for eight years under talented winemaker Paul Pender, has stepped out of the shadows to take over duties at this organic and biodynamic estate. Clearly he was given great vines to work with. The 2010 merlot delivers smooth, luscious texture carrying concentrated, sweet cassis, maraschino and chocolate flavours enhanced by dark-roast coffee and cedar. Firm tannins lend backbone to this well-structured, cellar-worthy effort. A beauty for big-meat dishes (91)
From sourced fruit in the Lincoln Lakeshore sub-app. The nose shows cherry, currants, herbs, cedar and pepper notes. It gets really interesting on the palate with red and dark fruits working in tandem with fine herbs, tobacco, smoke and licorice. A very interesting CF with plenty of tannin and oak structure and length through the finish. (89 points)
Natalie’s Score: 91/100. This full-bodied baby needs cellar time! A concentrated blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot of equal parts, 33% each. Classic aromas of cassis and blackcurrant and some herbal notes mid-palate. Decant for 1-2 hours.