In a nutshell: A classic example of cool climate Canadian Pinot Noir
The lowdown: The Niagara Peninsula in Ontario is Canada's largest wine region where the climate benefits from sitting between lakes Erie and Ontario which helps offset some of the extreme winter temperatures. The fruit for this delicious Pinot Noir is harvested from four separate sites which each contribute a different layer of complexity. After fermentation it was aged for 9 months in French oak barrels before being bottled unfined, unfiltered and with minimum use of sulphur. It exudes bright red fruit, complex earthy aromas and a real lightness on the palate where there are plenty of generous red fruit flavours, a crunchy acidity and expressive tannins leading up to a long, lingering finish.
When to drink: A wine with a delicate, almost feminine character which is right at its peak drinking period.
Norman Hardie is one of the most prominent personalities in the Canadian wine industry. After starting out as a sommelier he made a decision early on that he wanted to make wine and in the ensuing years set about learing how to do it at vineyards and wineries across the world. After buying land in Ontario's Prince Edward County the first vines were planted in 2003. The soils here are ideal for growing top class pinot noir and he also has vineyards in the Niagara peninsula from where some of his superlative chardonnays are sourced.