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Norman Hardie County Chardonnay 2016

Canada, Ontario
92 WA
93 JR
94 WA
Norman Hardie County Chardonnay 2016

This wine speaks volumes of the rocky, calcareous limestone soils of the County. On the nose there are classic notes of fresh oyster and brioche. The palate exude beautiful lemon, lime, citrus freshness and an unmistakeable mineral finish.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Prince Edward County
Producer Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard
Vintage 2016
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
¥5,940

This wine speaks volumes of the rocky, calcareous limestone soils of the County. On the nose there are classic notes of fresh oyster and brioche. The palate exude beautiful lemon, lime, citrus freshness and an unmistakeable mineral finish.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Prince Edward County
Producer Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard
Vintage 2016
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Data
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 12.7%
Product Code A002W00216
UPC 837654599501
Inventory In Stock (91)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

This wine speaks volumes of the rocky, calcareous limestone soils of the County. On the nose there are classic notes of fresh oyster and brioche. The palate exude beautiful lemon, lime, citrus freshness and an unmistakeable mineral finish.

Press
92WineAlign
Craig Phiney.  Has that typical (for Norman Hardie) reductive, flinty nose, complex and attractive. Nicely textured, with quality oak, citrus, firm acidity and great balance and length. Excellent wine. Great for rich seafood.
93Jancis Robinson
17.5/20 Richard Hemming MW (For Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages) Expressive saline, marine aromas on the nose, plus subtly toasted spices and ripe green apples. So well realised on the palate, with tons of flavour in a featherweight structure. Has all the hallmarks of top Chardonnay: lees flavour, balanced oak, appetisingly savoury fruit and that delectable mineral finish.
94WineAlign
94 points, David Lawrason, winealign.com. The 2016 has all the great linearity, tension and complexity of its predecessors. Expect very lifted, piquant aromas of flint, toast, apple and lemon, so well woven that they are actually hard to distinguish. It is light to medium bodied, with great acidity and the same sense of cohesion and grip on the palate, plus that unrelenting finish. Great minerality here. Tasted April 2018
Reviews & Ratings

Judges' Selection Award, Silver - Texsom International Wine Awards 2019

Gold - National Wine Awards of Canada 2019

Production

Appellation

VQA Prince Edward County

Vintage Notes

A testament to the warm 2016 vintage. Loaded with Meyer lemon and warm brioche, our County Chardonnay exudes rich, ripe notes of sun kissed citrus and creme brûlée. Fresh shell notes speak to the rocky calcareous limestone soils of the area. Plump on the palate with fresh acidity and a long mineral finish.

Vinification

This chardonnay was grown on 5 separate sites, all within 2km of the winery. Clonal selection was 80% clone 76 and 20% clone 95. The idea of blending the sites is to build complexity and richness from slightly different terroirs. Gentle, whole-cluster pressing of the fruit into horizontal stainless steel tanks where fermentation starts with indigenous yeasts from each individual vineyard block. Fermenting juice was then transferred to 500L French oak barrels to complete ferment. The new oak component being 25%, the rest being 2nd, 3rd, 4th fill or older. Larger format barrels are used as a medium for better oak integration. Wine spent 10 months in oak before being transferred to stainless steel, on lees for an additional two months. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered with a minimum sulphur dose before bottling.

Producer

Producer Description

Norm earned his sommelier certification at the University of Dijon in the late 1980s. After putting this certification to use for Four Seasons Hotel he spent 6 years (12 harvests) apprenticing with some of the best producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in both hemispheres. In 2003 he made the leap and put down roots in Prince Edward County. During the growing season and harvest Norm works tirelessly to ensure that no small detail is missed. On the weekends outside of harvest his gregarious personality moves throughout the winery fluidly directing his staff and making all who enter the winery feel welcome.

OUR TEAM

The full potential of the soils can only be realized with a team of tireless, dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who embrace my vision. Each member of my team brings with them a rich knowledge base and a thirst to learn more and create something special. We all take pride in a desire for greatness.

OUR TERROIR

The sites we’ve chosen have enormous potential. It’s up to us to look after and care for our land and vines to see that these sights realize their potential. We spend an inordinate amount of money and time on our vineyards to ensure perfect fruit. Our vineyard crew are fastidious, understand and embrace the concept that great wine can only be made in the vineyard. Once the fruit is ripe, we hand pick and hand sort every cluster. This is to ensure only perfect fruit make it into the fermentations.

OUR APPROACH

In the cellar, we take a hands-off approach to gently guide our wines through fermentation and ageing. We are not tempted to use an arsenal of quick-fixes for easy non-distinctive ferments available through numerous laboratories. Instead, our approach is to use very few modern techniques in the cellar. This "old world" approach entails using absolute minimal amounts of sulphur, natural yeast from the vineyard, extended fermentation on the skins for the reds, lots of lees contact for the whites, and natural malolactic fermentation in the spring. It takes tremendous experience and guts to take this natural approach; we do it because of our dedication and desire to create wines that taste of a sense of place or Vins de Terroir.

ACCOLADES

Right from our inaugural vintage in 2004, our goal has been to produce wine of the highest quality, that taste of a place, and every year to raise the bar on quality. We’ve quickly developed a strong clientele of local and international clients who appreciate our Old World handcrafted style. Almost immediately upon opening, the winery received phenomenal accolades from top wine critics. Matt Kramer (Wine Spectator), chose the 2008 County Chardonnay as one of his wines of the year.

Outstanding reviews have come from international wine critics, such as Stephen Spurrier (Decanter), Jamie Goode (wineanorak.com), Tim Atkin MS, and Jancis Robinson (jancisrobinson.com and the Oxford Companion to Wine), including some top local critics such as Tony Aspler, John Szabo MS, Michael Godel, David Lawrason, and many others.

‘The Chardonnays emerging from Hardie’s small vineyard in Prince Edward County (he also buys grapes from the Niagara Peninsula area two hours away) are laser-etched with acidity, minerality and the sort of originality that we all once thought only Burgundy could deliver.”

  • Ian d’Agata (Stephen Tanzier’s International Wine Cellar) – Ontario Wine Country: The New Frontier for Riesling and Pinot Noir

Norman Hardie is a true chardonnay and pinot noir expert… his chardonnays and pinots are some of the most Burgundian you will find outside Burgundy

  • The World of Fine Wine 2014 -Top ten North American Pinot Noir
  • Jancis Robinson – From Bottom to Top – Canada’s Wines
  • Jancis Robinson –  Some lovely reviews and excerpts from Canada Shows Off in London
  • Stuart Pigott’s Rockstars of Wine America
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