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Bachelder Niagara Chardonnay 2009  Bachelder Niagara Chardonnay 2009

Thomas Bachelder may be know to you as the winemaker at Le Clos Jordanne. He has now gone out on his own and in his first vintage in 2009, he's made three Chardonnays from three different regions - Burgundy, Niagara and Oregon. Using the same winemaking techniques in each region (wild yeasts, minimal intervention and the same barrel makers), the difference in the wines is solely down to the vineyard which makes for some very interesting blind tasting results. The Niagara Chardonnay is particularly fresh and lifted with aromas of white stone fruits, whereas the Oregon Chardonnay shows a more robust, honeyed character.


VINEYARD
The grapes for this wine come primarily from the organically-grown Saunders Vineyard (Beamsville Bench) and the Wismer Vineyard on Twenty Mile Bench.

The combination of Niagara's strongly continental climate and the Dolomitic limestone-rich soils of these vineyards, imparts great minerality and freshness to the resulting wines. Harvest is done entirely by hand.

GRAPE VARIETIES
100% Chardonnay

VINIFICATION
Years of making Chardonnay - in Meursault and Corton-Charlemagne in Burgundy; in the Willamette Valley in Oregon and in Canada's Niagara - has taught Thomas to be as natural as possible in his winemaking.

Pressing of the grapes was therefore very gentle and fermentation was carried out only with wild yeasts. Malolactic fermentation took place in specially selected oak barrels, followed by an extended ageing period which has made the wine more sinewy, broader on the mid-palate, more integrated, elegant, subtle, truer to its terroir and, surprisingly, less oaky.

TASTING NOTE
Bright lemon-yellow in colour. On the nose lifted, ripe lemon citrus notes mix with hints of white stone fruit and flinty mineral touches. Medium to full bodied on the palate with a scented, stone fruit character and a long, complex, mineral finish.

CLOSURE:    Cork

ALCOHOL:    13% (9.75 units of alcohol)




Per Bottle 28.49

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