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Bachelder Oregon Chardonnay 2009 Bachelder Oregon Chardonnay 2009

Thomas Bachelder may be known 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. This Oregon Chardonnay shows a more robust, honeyed character compared to the Niagra Chardonnay.

VINEYARD
The grapes for this wine are sourced predominantly from organic vineyards in the Willamette Valley, including the organically-certified Lemelson Johnson vineyards, as well as Belle Pente and Ponzi vineyards.

The soils here are a combination of sedimentary sandstone and volcanic soils which have their own sea-salty minerality that makes for very interesting terroir comparisons with limestone soils such as Niagara and Burgundy.

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 with gold tints. On the nose intense aromas of apricot, peach and ripe lemon citrus fruit combine with a mineral, sea-salt tang. The palate is rich, honeyed and textured, balanced by wonderful acidity and a long, complex, mineral finish.

CLOSURE:    Cork

ALCOHOL:    13% (9.75 units of alcohol)




Per Bottle 28.49

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