New in Ontario Wineries

• Order the following wine by the case for daily home, office or restaurant delivery online at Redstone Winery or pick up by the bottle or case by visiting the winery at 4245 King Street, Beamsville ON.

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Redstone Sparkling 2013
VQA Niagara Peninsula $25.95 13.0% alcohol
Stock up for any occasion; it’s good value and delicious. Deftly crafted in the traditional method from 52% Chardonnay, 47% Pinot Noir, 7% Pinot Gris, this fine, vintage-dated, sparkling wine combines attractive aromas of citrus and stone fruit with wet stone and a whiff of rising dough. Vibrant and crisp, flavours of tangy, pithy citrus notes replay harmoniously with a touch of ripe pear, crunchy apple and minerality on the palate. Fresh, zesty and long on the finish, the mouth-tingling mousse is remarkably persistent. (Susan Desjardins)

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Redstone ‘Reserve – Limestone Vineyard’ Chardonnay 2012
VQA Twenty Mile Bench $38.95 13.5% alcohol
This was farmed organic/biodynamic, wild-yeast and barrel fermented then aged 12 months in French oak barrel, 30% new. It’s a strong candidate to pair and pour with roast turkey and all the fixings. Baking spice, poached pear and lemongrass on the nose this bathes the palate with an approachable, medium-bodied, nicely textured tapestry of delectable flavour with ripe Bosc pear and green apple robed in spice box, nutty notes and wonderful lemony tang to the fore. It finishes crisp, clean and mouth-watering, lengthy and balanced with persistent purity of fruit. As good as it is now, expect even more after two additional years in bottle. (Vic Harradine)

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Redstone Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon 2012
VQA Niagara Peninsula $29.95 12.0% alcohol
A common white blend in Bordeaux, it’s unique here in Canada… pity. Floral notes, nougat and grassy aromas abound. This was barrel fermented and aged 12 months in French oak. It bathes the palate with savory herbs, minerality, white grapefruit and mouth-watering tang. It’s medium bodied with good mouth feel, the lingering, crisp and refreshing aftertaste layers on notions of toasty oak and lime cordial—nicely balanced and lip-smacking good. Pour with pan-seared tuna or roasted fowl. (Vic Harradine)

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Redstone ‘Reserve’ Cabernet Franc 2012
VQA Niagara Peninsula $29.95 14.0% alcohol
A touch shy on the nose, wisps of vanilla, floral notes and ripe cherry/berry fruit tantalize. Dry, medium-full bodied, this is firm in structure—the tannin assertive, the acidity vibrant and expressive. The fruit takes its place—flavours of red cherry, plum and currant garnished with hints of cedar and graphite, dark chocolate and vanilla. A bold wine demands an equal match, serve with braised beef and mushroom arrosto. (Susan Desjardins)

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Redstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
VQA Niagara Peninsula $29.95 14.5% alcohol
Charred toast, mint and red cherry aromas on the nose, this coats the palate with a creamy-textured surge of black currant, sweet ripe mulberry and dark chocolate. It’s medium-full bodied with structure, purity of fruit and still-evolving tannin. Fruit was sourced from the Wismer Vineyard, spending 18 months in French oak barrel, 40% new. The finish and aftertaste replay flavours framed by lip-smacking acidity and the promise of more to come—pop corks 2018 to 2025. (Vic Harradine)

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Redstone Merlot 2011
VQA Lincoln Lakeshore $39.95 13.5% alcohol
Fresh, lively aromas of exotic spice, plum, wood smoke and cedar aromas set the table for an array of flavour—racy red cherry, black plum and red currant jelly bathe the palate garnished with toasty oak and mocha underpinned by ripe, fine-grained tannin. This is medium-weight with good balance and oodles of charm from the organic/biodynamic-farmed fruit. The mid-length finish shows harmony in spice-laden fruit, tangy acidity and soft tannin. Pour with breaded pork cutlets or grilled pork medallions with creamy egg noodles. (Vic Harradine)

• The following wines are available by the case for daily home, office or restaurant delivery online at Tawse Winery or pick up by the bottle or case at the winery at 3955 Cherry Ave, Vineland ON

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Tawse ‘Spark –Limestone Vineyard’ Riesling Sparkling Wine 2014

VQA Twenty Mile Bench $19.95 11.5% alcohol
This punches well above the price—it’s newly certified organic/biodynamic, single-vineyard, made in the traditional method, vintage dated, simply delicious. Lighter styled and lip-smacking good, it’s the perfect welcoming wine or aperitif. Aromas and flavours of crisp green apple and racy lemon abound. It starts and finishes clean, crisp and refreshing. Pick up a few to have on hand. Serve on its own or with freshly shucked oysters, ceviche or sushi. (Vic Harradine)

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Tawse ‘Estate’ Chardonnay 2012
VQA Twenty Mile Bench $37.95 13.0% alcohol
Tawse winemaker, Paul Pender, followed up his 2011 ‘Winemaker of the Year’ award by hitting the bulls-eye with this fabulous, value-laden Chardonnay—Bravo! Aromas of dark toast, mineral notes and orchard fruit herald a well-structured, balanced wash of spice box, pear and lemon curd robed in notions of baked apple and butterscotch toffee. It’s medium-plus weight, balanced on a pin with persistent focus, good texture, well-integrated oak and a lingering aftertaste of gorgeous ripe fruit and citrus tang. (Vic Harradine)

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Tawse Gamay 2014
VQA Niagara Peninsula $18.95 (322545) 12.5% alcohol 
Gamay vines held up well during the frigidly cruel winter of 2013-14 while others were wiped out. There’s a notion of violet on the nose intermingling with aromas of ripe red fruit, light spice and cedar. Dry and delightfully well balanced, it offers a wealth of tasty fruit on the palate. This single-vineyard, mid-weight red shows juicy, bright flavours of cherry, currant and red berry lifted by a finely-honed backbone of lively acidity. Delicate notes of spice, pepper and toast linger on the savoury finish—it’s well crafted and good value. (Susan Desjardins)