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Norman Hardie Cuvee L Chardonnay 2017

Canada, Ontario
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2017 was a magical vintage for Chardonnay. A long cool growing season with perfect September weather…warm days and cool nights allowing for beautiful physiological ripeness and maintaining fresh acidities. Traditionally our Cuvée L Chardonnay has been a blend of Niagara and Prince Edward County fruit. Our 2017 is 100% Niagara, a blend of 4 different barrels from 4 different sites in the Niagara Escarpment. While these sites were delicious on their own, the combination of the flavours from each of these sites creates something magical. The sites are all clay/limestone based but are from four different elevations. The different elevations of the sites created a beautifully mineral driven and balanced Chardonnay, think refined Burgundy.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Sub-Ava VQA Niagara Peninsula
Producer Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard
Vintage 2017
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
¥14,300  (incl. tax)

2017 was a magical vintage for Chardonnay. A long cool growing season with perfect September weather…warm days and cool nights allowing for beautiful physiological ripeness and maintaining fresh acidities. Traditionally our Cuvée L Chardonnay has been a blend of Niagara and Prince Edward County fruit. Our 2017 is 100% Niagara, a blend of 4 different barrels from 4 different sites in the Niagara Escarpment. While these sites were delicious on their own, the combination of the flavours from each of these sites creates something magical. The sites are all clay/limestone based but are from four different elevations. The different elevations of the sites created a beautifully mineral driven and balanced Chardonnay, think refined Burgundy.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Sub-Ava VQA Niagara Peninsula
Producer Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard
Vintage 2017
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Data
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 12.7%
Product Code A002W00617
UPC 837654599501
Inventory In Stock (39)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

2017 was a magical vintage for Chardonnay. A long cool growing season with perfect September weather…warm days and cool nights allowing for beautiful physiological ripeness and maintaining fresh acidities. Traditionally our Cuvée L Chardonnay has been a blend of Niagara and Prince Edward County fruit. Our 2017 is 100% Niagara, a blend of 4 different barrels from 4 different sites in the Niagara Escarpment. While these sites were delicious on their own, the combination of the flavours from each of these sites creates something magical. The sites are all clay/limestone based but are from four different elevations. The different elevations of the sites created a beautifully mineral driven and balanced Chardonnay, think refined Burgundy.

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John Szabo, MS. Hardie's top cuvée, "L", has historically been a blend of top barrels from both Prince Edward County and Niagara, but in 2017 is pure Niagara (although his 2017 PEC chardonnay is outstanding). It's made in the classic Hardie style, which is to say lightly flinty, with very modest alcohol (12.5% declared) and noted but contained barrel impact. Additionally, the '17 is characterized by significant savoury, salted caramel, maple syrup notes (the molecular compound sotolone is prevalent), along with noted yeasty-autolysis, and Belgian waffle finish. The impressive breadth and depth belie the light alcohol frame, while acids are ripe but sufficient to contain the ensemble. I'd suggest this is a wine for more short-mid-term cellaring maximum - the pleasure is immediate and appeal is high.
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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