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Primary Notes: Lemon / Lime Oyster-y
Body: Medium -
Dryness: Very Dry
Origin & Awards
Origin: Ontario, Canada
Maker: Norman Hardie
Grape: Chardonnay Blend
Fermentation: Organic Steel Only
Awards: >85 pts
Serving Temperature: Best served between 12–14 degrees.
Asian Food Pairing: Sushi, sashimi, hokkien mee
Western Food Pairing: Oysters, shellfish, spaghetti vongole
Norman Hardie Calcaire 2017
Fun Fact: "Calcaire" means "limestone" in French.
Varietals of Norman Hardie's finest Ontario whites: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer. The fruit grows in calcareous limestone rich soils in Ontario.
Hand picking and sorting of every cluster to ensure only perfect fruit makes it into the fermentations. Full lees fermentation and ageing in stainless steel. The co-fermentation of the lees allows them to produce a remarkably well integrated blend in comparison to the blending of already finished wines.
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
, DAVID LAWRASON - 89 POINTS
This is a combo of several varieties that makes identification of aromas difficult. There is also considerable lees ageing which further muffles fruit expression but adds its own complexity. It pours with medium lemon colour, a bit more than expected. The nose is low intensity with lemon, herbs and bready character. It is light to mid-weight, very nicely balanced, almost fleshy yet just firm enough. Very good to excellent length. Not a flamboyant wine but even and stylish. It reminds me of Muscadet with a bit more elegance.