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Bachelder Wismer Parke Pinot Noir 2014

Canada, Ontario
92 WA
93 WA
94 JG
Bachelder Wismer Parke Pinot Noir 2014

The Wismer Parke Vineyard has long been the source of some of Ontario's most exciting Pinot Noirs. There's an immediacy about the Wismer Parke bottling that's hard to miss. Mouthfilling texture and a core of ripe red fruit make this instantly enjoyable, while the fragrance, structure and length suggest this is a Pinot that will continue to charm even after it sheds its luscious primary fruit notes

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Bachelder Wines
Vintage 2014
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
¥6,160

The Wismer Parke Vineyard has long been the source of some of Ontario's most exciting Pinot Noirs. There's an immediacy about the Wismer Parke bottling that's hard to miss. Mouthfilling texture and a core of ripe red fruit make this instantly enjoyable, while the fragrance, structure and length suggest this is a Pinot that will continue to charm even after it sheds its luscious primary fruit notes

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Bachelder Wines
Vintage 2014
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13%
Product Code A017R00214
UPC 185729000408
Inventory In Stock (14)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

The Wismer Parke Vineyard has long been the source of some of Ontario's most exciting Pinot Noirs. There's an immediacy about the Wismer Parke bottling that's hard to miss. Mouthfilling texture and a core of ripe red fruit make this instantly enjoyable, while the fragrance, structure and length suggest this is a Pinot that will continue to charm even after it sheds its luscious primary fruit notes.

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2025

Press
92WineAlign
John Szabo, MS, winealign.com A pale and delicate pinot in the Bachelder style, focused more on dusty dried red fruit and pot pourri than sheer weight or density. This is toute en finesse as I'm sure the winemaker intended, fine and firm, succulent and savoury, with excellent length. Old wood plays its gently oxidative tune without contributing significant flavour. Drink now or hold into the early '20s. 
93WineAlign
Michael Godel. What The Parke delivers in 2014 is a sweeter extract than Wismer proper and one that is stationary, static and accessible. The overall grasp is a mouthful easy on the spice or rather subtle in attack after it has climbed in and out of its barrels. Most polls would place Lowrey at the pinnacle of Ontario's pinot noir vineyards but Thomas Bachelder's 2014 work with Wismer Parke establishes a new player on the shortlist. This is an exciting entry point and the future will be bright. Drink 2018-2025
94Wineanorak (Jamie Goode)
The Wismer vineyard is about 200 acres, but Thomas Bachelder has worked to carve out different plots in the vineyard. This is delicate, elegant and refined. Fine red cherries, some stone, a touch of iodine and a lovely grainy structure. Just a hint of undergrowth with nice complexity. This is really lovely with nice precision. A really lovely expression of Pinot.
Production

Appellation

VQA Twenty Mile Bench

Vintage Notes

The 2014 Season in Niagara (by Thomas Bachelder):
Of course, the talk of the vintage year was dominated by news of the terrible winterkill that caused wide-spread bud damage and even vine death in several varieties. The good news is that the wines of reduced-crop years are typically concentrated and fine, with lots of dry extract and ageability. The sustained winter cold and late spring has us worried about the winter damage and late start to the campaign. For the growing season, January through April were consistently below normal but May brought normal temperatures. The summer was better than average but, after the slow start, harvest began a bit late, but was saved by a beautiful, dry and sunny September. As a result, the Pinots are concentrated, mineral and fine, and may well eventually – with a little age – be ethereal!

Viticulture

This is our first-released single-vineyard from the Wismer-Parke vineyard: it has taken us a few years to make sure we are really getting it right: hearing what the vineyard has to tell us about its soils and aspect through the medium of Pinot Noir. Now older vines, planted in 1999 to 115 and 667 on 3309 rootstalk on silty/clay and limestone soil, our Wismer-Parke Pint Noir shows the classic Vineland (as distinct from Jordan) combination of plush richness, tight minerality, and the wild, ‘bloody’ iron-grip of red soils. At once a hedonistic, ageable and yet perfumed Pinot Noir, Wismer-Parke’s vocation would seem to be one of a certain firm, wild prettiness, finishing with a long, slately minerality. Planted just south of Highway 8 on the Bench, on a well-drained slope on the east side of Victoria Street in Vineland, the Wismer-Parke site is arguably one of Niagara’s ‘Grand Crus’ for Pinot Noir. 

The Wismer Vineyard: Now into the second generation, The Wismer family has been growing grapes on the Vineland Bench for 20+ years.

Vinification

This small-lot wine was fermented with indigenous yeast and handled gently; patiently aged for 18 months (25% new French oak, the rest 1-5 years old) in our cool Beamsville cellar before bottling. It is then aged for at least another 8 months in bottle to allow its nuanced floral bouquet to develop.

Producer

Producer Description

In just over a decade, Thomas Bachelder has made a name for himself as a producer of world class, terroir-based, organic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Burgundy, Oregon and Niagara. With their two young daughters in tow, Thomas and his wife Mary Delaney have unwittingly become wine gypsies, following their passion to produce terroirrevealing wines from these two most noble Burgundian grapes.

Made with intention

They make wines from local terroirs using ‘wild’ (indigenous) yeasts, using organic vineyards wherever possible. Everything goes to barrel for long ageing. The intent is to make pure, suavely-textured wines that sing lightly and clearly of their vineyard origins with as little makeup as possible – wines that are finely-perfumed and tightly-wound, offering the classic refined fruit and textured minerality of the delicate silt, clay and dolomitic limestone-laced ancient lakebed terroirs of Niagara.

A little note from Thomas and Mary

We’re inspired by the love of our spiritual home – Burgundy – where the grapes we love originally evolved, where even the tiniest of vineyards are put separately into a bottle. Our aim is to help discover, quantify and name the Terroirs of Niagara, one-by-one, from west (just outside Hamilton) to east (just outside the “Old Town” of Niagara-on-the-Lake) – and to deliver their energy and their purity of spirit to your glass! Pull the cork and dream of the vineyard from which it comes!

Santé! Cheers!
Thomas & Mary Delaney-Bachelder
 

“…Bachelder is evidently on a monk’s errand to map out the escarpment with Burgundian-like precision.” - John Szabo, MS

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