Wine Region: VQA Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada

Grape: Chardonnay

Tasting Note

A testament to the warm 2016 vintage. Loaded with Meyer lemon and warm brioche, the 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.

17.5 /20 Richard Hemming, Jancis Robinson. Expressive saline, marine aromas on the nose, plus subtly toasted spices & ripe green apples. So well realised on the palate, with tons of flavour in a featherweight structure. All the hallmarks of top Chardonnay: lees flavour, balanced oak, appetisingly savoury fruit & a delectable mineral finish.

94 points, David Lawrason, 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.

About the Winery

From Norman Hardie...
On a clay limestone hill in Prince Edward County, my passion for fine wine is put to the ultimate test. I have chosen select sites in Prince Edward County and Niagara with a magical combination of clay and limestone. These mineral driven sites are ideal and allow me to craft Pinot noir, Chardonnay and other cool climate varieties of exceptional quality and elegance. My wines tell a story of place developed from my passion and experience.

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