Okay so I know I said I would do more than just Canadian wines but I got super excited that I found this in the LCBO this weekend because normally I can only get it from the winery itself. I promise next review will be a different country! For now though at least I picked a different region in Canada! This is from our Prince Edward County in Ontario. Norman Hardie winery grows their grapes on a limestone hill which is perfect for growing cool climate grapes such as Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Riesling, and others. Norman Hardie apprenticed in many cool climate regions with some of the best producers and winemakers of these varieties. In 2003 he planted 12,000 Pinot Noir vines and then in 2004 planted another 3,000 Chardonnay vines as well as 200 Pinot Gris vines. The Calcaire is a blend of 5 white grapes, all bringing the best of each and is a great representation of what Prince Edward County can produce from these cool climate grapes.
The Calcaire is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer. The grapes are fermented and aged in stainless steel vats as to not add any other flavours to the wine and preserve the fresh aromatic notes that the grapes offer. On the nose the wine shows lovely notes of lime, passionfruit, white flower, green apple and minerality. The Calcaire is dry with mouth-watering acidity which adds a lovely refreshing feel that brings you back for more. You can enjoy this wine with shellfish or light white fish, or just on its own in the sun!
Thanks so much for reading my review and I hope you enjoyed!
Erik Fleming for Bruce in the City
Editor Martin Rye