Visit of the Niagara Wineries – Redstone Winery
After a visit to Southbrook, it is direction Redstone Winery, the little brother of Tawse of which I will speak to you in a next post. At Redstone, it’s a bit different from the other places we’ve visited. There is no cellar or processing on site, the whole is a few kilometers away, at Tawse. The “winery” was created to make a place for receptions, which was impossible to do at Tawse since no new construction is permitted on the Niagara Escarpment since the latter is part of Of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Redstone Winery:Pairings and Biodynamic
Redstone Winery, named after the red clay soil and the large stones that define the terroir of the property, is the latest achievement by Moray Tawse, founder of the highly awarded estate that bears his name. Like his big brother Tawse, Redstone is also in biodynamics. The same type as Southbrook I told you about a few days ago, so for this reason, if you are on the beautiful terrace, you will be surrounded by bees. The estate, with its restaurant and reception hall is more targeted for a younger audience. People also seem more in a hurry during visits.
A fast tasting at Redstone Winery
After the great tasting at Southbrook, we were a bit full, we tasted less wine and more enjoy the dining facilities of the place to eat a bit.
2013 Redstone Sparkling
Made from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir grape varieties and aged 18 months on lees, Redstone Sparkling displays delicate notes of baked apple, coconut and a fine mousse persistent. At a price of $ 24.95 per bottle, it’s really very affordable!
2013 Riesling Limestone South
Second cuvée of the southern block of the Limestone vineyard. Located on the Twenty Mile, this land is 14 years old, and is also the block is sustainably grown in biodynamic like Pinot. Made from hand-picked grapes, this fragrant wine displays tantalizing notes of honeysuckle, candied orange and a hint of minerality. The more mineral riesling is common in the Niagara, very different from the Alsatian rieslings. A less sweet taste and easier to drink with a meal rather than with an entry. The price is $ 18.95 per bottle.
2012 Pinot Noir Limestone Vineyard
As I love the Pinot Noir, I was eager to taste this first vintage Limestone vineyard. Located on the Twenty Mile Bench, a 16 year old land, cultivated in a sustainable way in biodynamics. The wine is aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, which gives this wine notes of black cherry, raspberry, complemented by earthy and floral notes. In short, a good pinot, easy to drink. The retail price is 29.95 per bottle.
I also remember having tasted a rosé, but I can not remember the name, but it was a little too sweet for my taste with a taste approaching the strawberry.
Their only product currently available at the SAQ is Cabernet 2013. A wine that I did not enjoy at the vineyard but which I bought this week to make a presentation and which is simply fabulous.
The restaurant, the biggest addition to Redstone Winery
Restaurants that serve interesting dishes other than junk food, are quite hard to find in the area, however, Redstone offers a full restaurant, with gorgeous dishes. It’s a shame that we had to do another round at Hidden Bench afterwards to meet Harald, as I think we could have spent the evening so the place is beautiful and the tantalizing menu made with ingredients from the area.
Here are some pictures of the restaurant.
The tasting room, just before the entrance of the restaurant
Some pictures of the shop and the terrace
A big thank you to Alexandre Petit and Marguerite Aghaby of Vins Fins, Isaac Delaney of Delaney Wines & Spirits, Élaine Côté of Rézin, Milton Mednick of Pearl Morrisette, Suzanne Danke of Stratus Vinyards, Paul DeCampo of Southbrook Vineyards, Daniel Lafleur of Tawse And Redstone Winery, Harald Thiel and Meg McGrath of Hidden Bench Vineyards & Winery, David Hulley of Vineland Estates, Francis Martin of Maître de Chai. A special thanks to Korynne Binette of Philippe Dandurand and Christine Haddon of Queylus where unfortunately for circumstances beyond our control we were not able to make the visit but will soon be back.