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Norman Hardie’s Cuvée Discotheque gets down at La Banane

October 21, 2017

Norman Hardie with his 2016 Cuvée Discotheque, exclusive to La Banane ($16 a glass).

Fans of Norman Hardie’s wines—and who isn’t a fan?—are flocking to La Banane on Ossington for a glass of the exclusive and limited edition 2016 Cuvée Discotheque, which hit the bar-restaurant earlier this month.

Hardie custom-bottled the wine just for La Banane—for the express purpose of matching with the oceanic bounty at the restaurant’s extensive raw bar. The label picks up on the restaurant’s deco-disco leafy frond-like wall mural. “It’s a really fun wine,” says Hardie, from a perch at the bar. The wine is 100% Riesling, raised on red clay soils—“I’m a huge fan of red clay soils!” says Hardie—and fermented with a little residual sugar. “It’s not a sweet wine,” he says, “the acidity is racing and it really cuts through. It’s a great aperitif wine.” The wine is super-concentred due to frost damage from the previous nasty winters. Hardie normally gets about 3.5 to 5 tonnes of grapes per acre, but this year he got only about 1 tonne per acre. It reminds Hardie of the 2013 Rieslings, which also had very bright acidity. This Cuvee is his first ever all-Niagara Riesling, as he normally blends grapes from Niagara and Prince Edward County.

Tip: Getting a reservation at La Banane can be difficult, so grab a seat at the bar to try this awesome wine ($16 a glass). Or, snap up some of the last remaining tickets to a one-night-only special dinner on Nov. 7, produced by Drink Toronto and Toronto Life magazine. The Norman Hardie Cuvée Discotheque will be poured with the opening course of canapés and appetizers. This four-course dinner will be full of surprises and little extras… so you’re in for a rare treat. More details coming next week online at Toronto Life.

Chef Brandon Olsen discusses wine pairings for the Toronto Life event on Nov. 7, which will feature Norman Hardie’s wines and a special “greatest hits” multi-course dinner.