When you think about beverages from Canada you probably think about beer and ice wine. Well, if you look around, you can find some world class wines. The region responsible for producing many of these wines is Ontario. Norman Hardie is just one of the wine makers producing outstanding wine here. After making wine in Burgundy, New Zealand, South Africa, and California Hardie found that the type of soil that made the wines he loves most is a combination of clay and limestone. When he found the perfect site on a hillside in Prince Edward County in 2003 he set off on his own, planting cool climate varieties there. Today, Hardie’s wines stay true to his vision; low intervention, low alcohol, high minerality, and expressing a true sense of place.
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Norman Hardie, Owner and Wine Maker, Norman Hardie Winery
2013 Norman Hardie Niagara Chardonnay
Bright yellow with a touch green. Impressively youthful with a wine of this age. Nose of apple and stone fruit. Good structure and pronounced limestone minerality on the palate. Linear, bright acidity and highly complex.
2014 Norman Hardie County Chardonnay
A somewhat perfumed nose for chardonnay with a good minerality. Great balance and weight.Citrus notes combine with green apple on the palate. Just a hint of oak spice balance notes of honey, mouthwatering acidity all ending in a complex and long finish.
2015 Norman Hardie Pinot Noir
Delicate and pretty color. This wine has fresh red berries muskiness on the nose. All of this comes through on the palate combing with minerality, and lovely acidity combining to make a wonderfully elegant and balanced wine. 11.9 ABV!