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Norman Hardie Sauvignon Blanc Vieux Chene 2017

Canada, Ontario
90 WA
92 WA
Norman Hardie Sauvignon Blanc Vieux Chene 2017

This is not a typical Sauvignon Blanc! 8 months ageing on its fine lees in old 500L French Oak barrels have imparted a slight golden hue and a buttery almond perfume to the lively core of gooseberry, lime zest and fresh picked pea pod. The real heart of the wine is its firm, flinty core of minerality. 

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard
Vintage 2017
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Sauvignon Blanc
¥4,290

This is not a typical Sauvignon Blanc! 8 months ageing on its fine lees in old 500L French Oak barrels have imparted a slight golden hue and a buttery almond perfume to the lively core of gooseberry, lime zest and fresh picked pea pod. The real heart of the wine is its firm, flinty core of minerality. 

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard
Vintage 2017
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Sauvignon Blanc
Data
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13%
Product Code A002W00917
UPC 761780222524
Inventory In Stock (48)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

This is not a typical Sauvignon Blanc! 8 months ageing on its fine lees in old 500L French Oak barrels have imparted a slight golden hue and a buttery almond perfume to the lively core of gooseberry, lime zest and fresh picked pea pod. The real heart of the wine is its firm, flinty core of minerality. This Sauvignon Blanc calls out for fresh local pickerel or perch!

Pairing

This Sauvignon Blanc calls out for fresh local pickerel or perch!

Cellaring

Enjoy now through 2025

Press
90WineAlign
90 points, John Szabo, MS, winealign.com Made from fruit sourced from the Niagara Bench, including the Wismer-Parke vineyard, this sauvignon is fermented and aged in old barrels (at least 5 years old) and crafted in an intentionally restrained style. Aromatics fall neither on the green nor tropical fruit spectrum, but rather in a more comfortable middle ground of pear and apple and cherry stone. There's the signature Hardie 'lift' - a touch of acetic acid, but in check, while acids are softer than the mean. The overall impression is one of gentle softness and wide appeal, more of a textural ride than aromatic explosion, a sophisticated expression. Tasted September 2019.
92WineAlign
92 points, Sara d'Amato, winealign.com More Loire Valley than Marlborough, this sauvignon blanc is matured in neutral wood barrels giving the wine some added amplitude. Offering an appealing textural component with notes of lemon oil, mineral, delicate herbal notes and old wood. Very good length. Tasted September 2019.
Production

Appellation

VQA Niagara Peninsula

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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