Jamie Goode , WIneAnorak
11.2% alcohol. So supple and delicious, with primary red cherry fruit and some spicy structure. Has amazing precision and lovely fruit purity, with a bit of grip under the fruit. There’s a lightness and elegance to this wine that’s delightful, and it should develop well. 94/100
Michael Godel , WineAlign
It was an exceptionally hot, dry, dusty and waterless summer in the Niagara’s vineyards where pinot noir grows for Norman Hardie’s ubiquitous bottling and only he could have directed his grower to bring about fruit so settled, calm and in understanding of what needed. That canopy protected fruit has done its part and Hardie's prestidigitatious work did the rest. The tight ferment, slow controlled and gently ushered along has left this yet closed and still in complete control of its destiny. Really great fruit lurks behind the compression. Fruit with pop, singsong tang. Fruit with acidity finer than many other vintages and with the least amount of pinot anxiety and bitterness as I've ever noted in Norm’s Niagara lineage. I would think he has to be quite proud of this wine, what with its really a terrific floral display, freshness and pulchritude. Two to eight years should be the snapshot window of ultimate and optimum discretion. Drink 2019-2025. Tasted October 2017.
John Szabo MS , WineAlign
Fresh, light, delicate and flavourful, Hardies' 2016 Niagara pinot is a marvel of fruit and lightness of being, delicate, ripe but assertive tannins, and great length. Hardie seems to be shepherding his Niagara pinots ever-more towards the light and ethereal end of the spectrum, as his County pinots have always been, a happy development in my view. Tasted October 2017.
John Szabo MS , WineAlign
A pinot in the light, fragrant and delicate Hardie style, from Wismer, Butler's Grant and Cuesta vineyard, all from the Twenty Mile Bench appellation in Niagara. It's a touch volatile to be sure, fine grained, delicate and full of soft but tart red berry fruit, raspberry, strawberry, with accompanying leaves. The finish lingers impressively on minty, grassy notes. 11.9% alcohol. Tasted December 2016.
David Lawrason , WineAlign
Although not from PEC where Norm Hardie is located, this elegant, tart-edged Niagara pinot shows the styling and intensity making Norman's wines famous. It's sleek, sour, bright with very bright, lifted cran-cherry fruit, toast, smoke and some spice. Very fine tannin makes it ready to drink now. Sour and tart edged, with excellent length. Chill lightly.
Richard Hemming MW , Canada Comes Courting (Again)
Earth, farmyard, fresh cherry fruit with gorgeous red fruit intensity - yet all without high alcohol. More chew to the mouthfeel than their County bottling. If Pinot Noir is the heartbreak grape, this is the happy ending!
Jancis Robinson , Canada Shows Off in London
Some mushrooms and violets on the nose. Fresh and transparent. Perhaps slightly less distinctive than the County 2013 but still very refined. 11.9% Drink 2015-2018
WIneAlign , 2014 National Wine Awards of Canada
Our 2011 Niagara Peninsula Pinot Noir won Gold at the 2014 National Wine Awards of Canada, hosted by WineAlign.
This 2011 pinot is a model of finesse allied to deceptive power. It's all silky and refined on the entry, shored up by a core of firm tannins and sharp acids
Jamie Goode , The Wine Anorak
Floral, fresh, sappy cherry fruit nose. The palate is sweet and fruity with lively cherries and berries, and a bit of spice. Nice grippy structure here. Sweetness and precision combined, with good structure and density. 94/100