Quite literally Ontario Riesling leaves a sour taste in my mouth. But what happens when Ontario Riesling is used to make a sparkling wine. Could that be the Great Riesling Hope for Ontario? The Jerry Quarry of the Ontario Riesling boxing ring? I suppose we should have Tawse speak for itself.
The label and the website do not state whether this is made in the Traditional Method so consider it made by the Tank Method. That disclosure on the label might be appreciated.
Loaded with a good bead of bubbles the aromas are apple, pear, caramel, guava, honey and Brioche. On the palate a good crisp bite of acidity with Flemish pear, sweet white grapefruit with a little wave of applesauce. So the wine is far from one of those non-descript sparkling wines that lets its acids speak more than the fruit.
The wine is organic.
I’ll be looking for more sparkling Ontario Riesling in 2023.
The wine would suit Malpeque Oysters beautifully
(Tawse 2019 Spark Limestone Ridge Riesling Brut, VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Tawse Winery Inc., Vineland, Ontario, $19.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 370361, 750 mL, 12%, RKS Wine Rating 88/100).