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Tawse Meritage 2013

Canada, Ontario
93 WA
92 WA
Tawse Meritage 2013

Meritage is a premium blend of Bordeaux reds, the 2013 vintage consisting of equal thirds of David’s Block Merlot, Hillside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Tawse Winery
Vintage 2013
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Merlot 36%, Cabernet franc 32%, Cabernet sauvignon 32%
¥8,250

Meritage is a premium blend of Bordeaux reds, the 2013 vintage consisting of equal thirds of David’s Block Merlot, Hillside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Tawse Winery
Vintage 2013
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Merlot 36%, Cabernet franc 32%, Cabernet sauvignon 32%
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13%
Product Code A001R00713
UPC 670459001462
Inventory In Stock (30)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

This vintage of Meritage has an herbaceous nose of tobacco leaf and green pepper with hints of cedar and dark fruit. Bold tannins are prominent alongside crisp acidity and shy notes of cranberry and blackberry. Enjoy this wine with richer fare such as Beef Bourgogne, braised lamb or Beef Stroganoff with Porcini mushrooms. Food Pairings Meritage is a special wine that calls for special and rich fare. Try pairing this delicious wine with roasted lamb shank with cannellini beans, steak and kidney pie or a beef tenderloin.

Pairing

Meritage is a special wine that calls for special and rich fare. Try pairing this delicious wine with roasted lamb shank with cannellini beans, steak and kidney pie or a beef tenderloin.

Cellaring

Drink or hold until 2030 or beyond!

Press
93WineAlign
93 points, Michael Godel, winealign.com A wise and mature Meritage of integration and balance. Though the wealth of ripe fruit, texture and broad shouldered structure is all there it's still more a matter of sapid, cool-climate built red wine. Don't come expecting brooding density, Napa Valley extraction or formidable tannin. Come looking for elegance and beauty. That you will find.
92WineAlign
A wine of evident depth, complexity and class straight off the top, the Tawse 2013 Meritage seems to be just coming into stride at the moment. I love the amalgam of roasted herbs, deep red and black fruit, and well-integrated oak flavours with considerable complexity and depth. Tannins are abundant but ripe and smooth, well-managed from evidently carefully curated fruit and gentle handling. Long, smooth finish. An impressive Ontario red, showing the potential for low-yielding, carefully farmed vines in Niagara. Tasted March 2019.
Production

Appellation

VQA Niagara Peninsula

Viticulture

Viticultural practices included vertical shoot positioning, shoot thinning, cluster thinning, hand-leaf removal and hand- harvest. Organic and Biodynamic farming practices.

Vinification

Meritage is a premium blend of Bordeaux reds, the 2013 vintage consisting of equal thirds of David’s Block Merlot, Hillside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc. The rainy growing season of 2013 gave us high crop levels and big, fat grapes with slightly diluted flavours. Because only the barrels of premium flavour profiles are selected for Meritage, only 1,000 bottles were produced.

Production Amount

1000
Producer

Producer Description

Situated on the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment, Tawse is a family-owned organic winery. A life-long lover of wine, Burgundy in particular, founder Moray Tawse purchased the Cherry Avenue property in 2001 after realizing the great potential of the Niagara Escarpment as a word-class cool-climate wine region. In 2005, he opened his state-of-the-art winery in Vineland, complete with a six-level, gravity-flow design, geo-thermal system and a wetland bio-filter.

The inspiration for Moray’s eponymous Niagara property came from his love of Burgundian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Uniting traditional winemaking techniques with state-of-the-art technology, Tawse and the award-winning winemaking team of Paul Pender and Rene Van Ede, is dedicated to producing terroir-driven wines of exceptional elegance, depth and character.

At Tawse, winemaking begins in the vineyards. We proudly apply rigorous organic methods to every aspect of our production from grape-growing to winemaking and Ecocert seals appear on all wines made from our estate fruit.

Today, having acquired over 200 acres (5 vineyards) and being named Canadian Winery of the year in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2016, Tawse Winery now produces 30,000 cases of wine and has one of the largest portfolios of organic wines in the Niagara region.

Viticulture

ViticultureAt Tawse, winemaking begins in the vineyards. Healthy vines yield quality fruit which allows us to craft terroir-driven wines of great elegance, depth and character. Promoting the health of our vines and vineyards requires a labour-intensive and hands-on approach. We tuck and thin the shoots by hand to increase sun exposure and air flow. We keep the yields low by cluster-thinning to ensure that all the energy of the vine is focused to ripen fewer higher-quality grape clusters. Our grapes are harvested at optimal ripeness and sorted to select the very best fruit. We also proudly practice organic farming.

Organic Farming

Organic farming feeds the vines and controls diseases without the use of synthetic insecticides, fungicides and fertilizers. We strive to create a diversified balanced ecosystem that generates health and fertility from the vineyard itself. Healthy vines mean less need for outside substances to control diseases and promote growth. By being present in the vineyard, we are able to anticipate and prevent issues. We also get help from our friends from the animal realm, chickens feed on bugs, our sheep eat the lower vine leaves to expose the grapes to the ripening sun.

Winemaking

Our grapes are harvested at optimal ripeness and sorted. Our reds are de-stemmed before pressing and our whites are gently whole cluster pressed to avoid the bitter characteristics from the stems, skins and seeds. Aromatic whites are fermented in stainless steel.  We barrel-ferment our Chardonnay in French oak using wild yeast. All our reds are fermented in oak fermenters and then aged in French oak from 12 to 18 months depending on the varietal

Environmental Responsibility

The architecture of our winery was carefully conceived to be environmentally-friendly. Our 6-level design allows us to use gravity as much as possible to gently move the wine as is processed, from pressing to cellaring. Our Chardonnay and our reds are aged in underground barrel cellars covered by 6 to 8 feet of earth, which keeps the ambient temperature between 10 and 16 degrees Celsius, with a natural humidity of approximately 85%. This relatively stable temperature and high humidity allows our wines to age gracefully with a minimum amount of evaporation. Our modern geo-thermal energy system has reduced our use of traditional forms of energy by 80%. We also have a wetland bio-filter which allows us to re-use of all our sanitary and winery process water.

The Team

Paul Pender - Director of Viticulture and Winemaking

Paul Pender joined the Tawse team in 2005 and became head winemaker in 2006. Under his leadership, Tawse achieved Ecocert organic and Demeter biodynamic certification and was named Canadian Winery of the year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016. He earned the title of Winemaker of the Year at the Ontario Wine Awards in 2011.

Former carpenter and graduate of Niagara College’s Winery and Viticulture program, Paul adopts a “non-interventionist as far as possible” philosophy. He is a firm believer that the start of every great wine begins in the vineyard and he is passionate about crafting wines that express a sense of place.

 

 


Jessica Otting - Winemaker

Jess has been enthralled by the world of wine since a very young age; at seventeen she completed her first vintage for her high school placement. After graduating from Niagara College’s Winery & VIticulture program in 2011, Jess took her skills abroad where she took part in a harvest in South Australia and in Tasmania the following year, with a Canadian vintage in between for good measure. Her passion for cool climate wines brought her back to Niagara, and it was not long before she joined the Tawse team to perform all of the laboratory analysis required to make delicious Bench wines.

After working closely with the winemakers for over four years, Jess took on the Assistant Winemaker role in 2018, and shortly after became Distiller as part of the team that pioneered the new spirits program at Tawse. 2020 brought about more big changes, as she earned the role of Winemaker for Tawse Winery.

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