Norman Hardie Calcaire 2017

Beautifully mineral-driven, a wine built for summer and oysters!
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Primary Notes: Lemon / Lime Oyster-y

Secondary Notes:

Tertiary Notes:

Body: Medium -

Dryness: Very Dry

Acidity: High

Tannin: Light

Alcohol (%):

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

Norman Hardie Calcaire is beautifully mineral-driven. Lemon colour. The nose opens with fresh white flowers and passionfruit aromas. Focused minerality on the rich and dry palate with subtle crisp lemon citrus and green apple flavours. The wine pays homage to the calcareous limestone soils that provide its stony minerality.

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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 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.