LCBO #184432 $35/bottle $420/case
Jancis Robinson 17.5 Drink 2011-2015 (One of the most internationally respected British wine critics and journalists, writes a weekly column for the Financial Times and for her own website. She also provides advice for Queen Elizabeth II's wine cellar.) Quite deep. Quite rich on the nose with real vibrancy on red clay. Struggles to ripen and yields are naturally low. Just 11.9% and Norman, who has made wine ‘all over the world’, told me his grapes tend to get phenolic ripeness early. Quite chewy on the finish. Dry and austere on the end with real character. Really very Burgundian. Real density and this tastes as though it should really develop complexity.
Natalie McLain (Sommelier and Wine Writer) Score: 92/100. Made from 100% bench fruit, this luxurious Chardonnay ripples with flavours of green apple, vanilla smoke and hazelnut. Robust and beautiful: love it! Food matches: lobster, oily fishes, richly flavoured risotto, lighter red meats.
Jamie Drummond (Director/Sommelier of Good Food Media). Despite being a different beast altogether from the County bottling, this particularly delicious beast reeks of Norm Hardie’s winemaking style, and this is no bad thing. Showing a remarkable amount of opulence for a cool climate chardonnay, this wine rewards with surprisingly ripe green/yellow fruit character that belies the relatively cool vintage that was 2008. In the mouth the wine is pure Norm Hardie with texture, structure and minerality all coming together front, mid and back palate. No slouch when it comes to acidity I can see this wine getting better and better with time. A superbly balanced wine that I look forward to re-tasting as soon as possible… for purely selfish reasons.