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Norman Hardie Riesling 2016 Wine Review

Norman Hardie Riesling 2016

Norman Hardie Riesling 2016

Ontario V.Q.A., Canada

Community Score:87/100

Community Reviews: 14

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Price: $20.95

Drink: 2017-2020

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 11.9%

Sweetness: Medium

Wine Type: White Wine

Winery: Norman Hardie

Agent: Hardie Wines

Natalie's Score: 92/100

Petrol, wet river stone, love. Outboard motor on a lovely lazy summer's day ... trust me, this is a great thing. Close your eyes. Have I ever led you astray? Drink. Peach stone. Stop thinking.

Riesling food pairings: potato, chickpea and lentil green curry.

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This Norman Hardie Riesling 2016 was reviewed on April 13, 2018 by Natalie MacLean

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Lynn Van Der Linde - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Brilliant golden hue, classic Riesling aromas of crisp green apple and petrol carry through to a tangy lime finish. Pair with goat cheese hors d’oeuvres or Sunday brunch quiche.
Tasted March 2018.
Lori Kilmartin - WSET3 Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Norman Hardie has a reputation for making fabulous wines from grapes in Prince Edward County and Niagara. If you've ever licked a stone (come on - you know as a kid you did) - this is what you get. Mineral, limestone and slatee and petrol are predominant. Mouth watering with flavours of lemon and apple. Tasted March 11, 2018.
Andrea Shapiro rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

@normhardie Aromas are classic ontario Riesling upfront with lemon/lime zest, grapefruit pith, green apple and rubbery gas station, with hints of rubber band notes. Flavours show lemon juice, lime skins and wet sandy salty beach stones. Dry and different. Would be a good match for fresh buttered clams and oysters. 90 points - tasted March 2018
Andrew Bernardo rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

This is good. Perfect for patio sipping or with steamed freshwater fish. Green fruit, apple, lanolin, quince, unripe apricot and honeysuckle. Great finish. 90 Points.
Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Tons of riverstone, green apple and zesty lime on the nose. Nice acidity on the palate to balance the zesty fruit flavours. Pair with seafood or a sunny patio on a warm day.
Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Mouthwatering acidity, with a slightly tart medium body. Bruised apple, wet stone, candied lemon peel, tart nectarine and a hint of petrol. Enjoyed with Thai yellow curry with chicken and potato and also paired well with a shrimp pad Thai. Tasted 2016 vintage in August 2017. 89 points.
Greg Hughes rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

This Riesling, from Ontario star-producer, Norman Hardie, does not just come from his Prince Edward County holdings, nor was it sourced from Niagara. It is VQA Ontario; meaning it is likely from both.
It has the mineral structure of the county and the clay/limestone power of Niagara.
It is already taking on the concentrated yellow of a more concentrated riesling.
Aroma-wise, look for lemon, curd, smoke, honey, quince, mirabelle plum, and table grape.
It tastes so juicy and fresh. There is a touch of sweetness, but it has so much acidity energy it is hardly noticeable. More honey, orchard fruit, and tons of lemon amd white grapefruit.
Super drinkable. Maybe a short-term ager (3-5 years), but its energy is its most appealing characteristic. Put it with lobster, crabs, or fresh oysters. Great with other light meats or salty cheese too.
Pamela Chiles rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Young and kinda tightly wound...this is light-bodied, off-dry, yet tart with nice lemon-citrus, apple, barely a hint of lime (I would like more, please sir!) Let's see what happens in a couple years? Tonight, though, drink it with pan-seared pickerel. Yum!
Colin McKone - Sommelier rated this wine as 87/100 with the following review:

Straw in colour with aromas of petrol, minerality, green apple. It is medium bodied with mouthwatering acidity and flavours of green apple, lime and minerality. This will pair well with green salads and soft cheeses. Tasted on March 11, 2018.
Emilie Ryan rated this wine as 84/100 with the following review:

A big Riesling, if that’s possible.…
Presentation: The classic Norman Hardie label, minimalist yet distinctive
Appearance: Pale-medium lemon
Nose: Medium nose with the classic cut grass and petrol notes, with an undertone of stone fruit (apricot, white peach)
Taste: Full body, medium-high acidity, low tannins, tart and sweet at the same time, with cat piss, ripe stone fruit, baguette
Finish: long baguette and tart apricot finish
Overall impression: A big Riesling with a classic nose, yet big fruit.
Value: 3/5
Luc Delorme rated this wine as 80/100 with the following review:

I’m a big fan of Riesling, but this one struck my as a bit odd. There nose and initial palate are classic Ontario Riesling with mineral, petrol and limestone. The finish however is a bit odd, tailing off into a more chemical, acrid realm. Norm Hardie produces many very excellent wines; unfortunately, this isn’t one of them.
Norman Hardie (2016) is an Ontario Riesling with wet slate, honey and ripe peaches -- typical German style Riesling made in Canada, eh. Fantastic on a hot summer day with pan-fried trout straight from the lake. - Community Wine Reviews

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