My wife and I recently hosted a family dinner and for the occasion I asked my wife to purchase a Riesling to go along with it. One of the challenges of living in a rural community is that the local liquor store doesn’t have a lot of choices when in search of a particular varietal. She returned home with Tawse 2017 Sketches of Niagara Riesling.
When we opened and served the wine with the dinner my wife and I identified the bouquet right away, diesel fuel. My wife was immediately turned off by it while I became positively excited. This was the first Ontario Riesling that I have had that authentically portrays its Old-World style German cousin.
The wine was vibrant with subtle floral, nutty, fig, smoke and pear notes, a soft sweetness and long finish. It is a great value at only $18.95. Even though my wife was not a fan of the nose of a traditional German style Riesling, she did enjoy the overall flavour of the wine.
When I clicked on Tawse website to see if I could learn more about their German style Riesling, I saw that their wine maker, Paul Pender, had been tragically killed several days prior. I never had the opportunity of meeting him but after tasting the Riesling, as well as other wonderful creations from Tawse, I certainly wish I had. His untimely passing is a tragic loss to the entire wine community.
If you are a fan of Riesling, I suggest picking up a bottle or two of the Sketches of Niagara as a tribute to its creator.