This is the second time I’ve had this wine and been impressed. The first time we were out for dinner at the Ancaster old mill and I chose it, this time around we were having guests over and I love showcasing Niagara wines to my guests … Nice and dark in color with a varietal cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice traditional cab franc notes, cherries, some mocha and some wood notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm but smooth tannins and acidity. It’s nice and dry and has some lovely flavors that build in the mouth. The is a very typical cab franc, done well the way Niagara can do. Tawse achieved a very nice wine … it is a bit on the heartier side so careful what you pair it with. It’s approachable now as long as you want a bigger wine, otherwise it should easily age for a year or two which would soften the tannins some. I chose it as the wine to go with cheese before dinner, and the wine to go with chocolate brownies, it went well. I would give it an 88+. Quite nice!
From the LCBO web site (Check stock)
Tawse Grower’s Blend Cabernet Franc — LCBO#: 284570
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
The 2015 vintage is a meaty and smoky one for the Grower’s Blend, rife with currants, berries, liquorice and a whiff of BBQ smoker smoulder. Though the texture is a bit syrupy at present it’s really just a matter of youth as the wine will gain elasticity and lengthen over time. The ubiquitary cabernet franc blend from a handful of Niagara Peninsula vineyards is one of winemaker Paul Pender’s great specialties of the house, like a restaurant’s top notch hamburger on a menu with much more complex and higher priced items. This is the ticket that all who order will enjoy and feel satiated by. It will please lovers of the variety and convert those who think only the other cabernet can fulfil wishes and dreams. A tannic finish tells us a quality burger would elevate the game. Drink: 2018-2022. Score – 90. (Michael Godel, winealign.com, Nov. 15, 2017) $28.95
Release Date:March 31, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Tawse WinerySugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal: Cabernet Franc This is a VQA wine