Canada — Ontario • $39.20 • 92/100

I always consider Norm Hardie’s Chardonnays from both Prince Edward County and Niagara Peninsula to be benchmark Chardonnays for Ontario. Time and time again, with all of his wines, Norm manages to produce wines with very modest levels of alcohol and the expected high acidity that accompanies this, and yet is able to coax his fruit to develop inexplicable levels of ripeness given the low sugar levels implied. This 2014 Chardonnay from Niagara has lovely green apple, lemon and white flower notes that nestle in a light vanilla, toasty and cedar-resin frame. Brisk acidity and lower alcohol define the palate, that gains some weight from a leesy creaminess. The oak-derived flavours recede on the palate, replaced by a welling stony minerality that carries into the lengthy finish. Complex, rich, yet firm and slim — a wonderful contradiction. • LCBO Release 03/06/2017 • LCBO id#184432 • Find it at your nearest LCBONORMAN HARDIE WINERY (Agent)