There is no shame on this girl when I tell you that I have a wine crush on Norman Hardie. I remember meeting him a few years ago and I did the fan girl thing then and asked for a picture with him. I wonder if he would have said yes if he knew what was really on my mind? Nonetheless, I digress and should get to the point of this post, Norman Hardie Riesling 2015, instead of revealing my innermost thoughts. Since I am a Riesling fan and usually order it at restaurants when feeling for something white, it was a no-brainer when I saw this vintage sitting on the shelf at my local wine store. Norm (that’s right, I call him Norm) has a tendency to turn all that he touches to gold, so I was pretty confident in making this Riesling selection for my wine and cheese party.
Located in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada, Norm Hardie Wines cultivates its grapes from its estate and selected vineyards in Niagara. Though the two vineyard geos are over 200 km away from each other, the vineyards have something in common. Norm purposefully chooses clay, limestone laden terroir as, in his own words, it inspires him into creating a selection of cold climate wines of exquisite composition.
The sites we’ve chosen have enormous potential. It’s up to us to look after and care for our land and vines to see that these sights realize their potential…Once the fruit is ripe, we hand pick and hand sort every cluster. This is to ensure only perfect fruit make it into the fermentations.
Norman Hardie Riesling 2015
On colour, the Norman Hardie Riesling 2015 holds a light wheat hue. On the nose, apple, plum, lemon/lime and jasmine are noted. On the palate, you’ll find this wine to be crisp, refreshing, with lemon, sophisticated acidity, pineapple, apple cider and light tobacco. The interesting thing about this Riesling, aside from its rocking taste and bouquet, is that it is a blend of Riesling grapes taken from their Prince Edward County and Niagara vineyards.
I purchased half a case of this wine for my summer patio goign-on’s after I made its reveal to friends at a wine and cheese party I hosted. I cannot say enough about this wine and highly recommend Norman Hardie Riesling 2015 as a must buy!
This wine retails at the LCBO for $21.00
We gave this wine a score of 4.5 out of 5