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Bachelder WFN Chardonnay 2019

Canada, Ontario
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95 WA
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Quickly becoming a reference vineyard for Niagara, with several different versions from local high-end producers available in any given year, the Wismer-Foxcroft Chardonnay vineyard is a steep, stony-silty clay and limestone site that is 5.4 km from Lake Ontario, at an altitude of 110 metres. For the first several years, Fox was but a component of our restaurant ‘glass-pour’ wines, however in 2013 I isolated the SV from the ‘Nord’ lower mid-slope. While briefly passing through Niagara, British wine cult journalist Andrew Jefford (Decanter and others) saw both northern and southern wines during fermentation that I had pressed and barreled separately. Incredibly, though the wines weren’t yet finished fermenting – Andrew first pointed out the stony ‘salinity.’  Since, we ‘trip’ on the heavenly marine smells of crushed oyster shells, the savoury texture and lemon oil finish that only the northern slope of this vineyard imbues to the wines produced thereof! Unforgettable.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Sub-Ava Twenty Mile Bench VQA
Producer Bachelder Wines
Vintage 2019
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
¥8,800

Quickly becoming a reference vineyard for Niagara, with several different versions from local high-end producers available in any given year, the Wismer-Foxcroft Chardonnay vineyard is a steep, stony-silty clay and limestone site that is 5.4 km from Lake Ontario, at an altitude of 110 metres. For the first several years, Fox was but a component of our restaurant ‘glass-pour’ wines, however in 2013 I isolated the SV from the ‘Nord’ lower mid-slope. While briefly passing through Niagara, British wine cult journalist Andrew Jefford (Decanter and others) saw both northern and southern wines during fermentation that I had pressed and barreled separately. Incredibly, though the wines weren’t yet finished fermenting – Andrew first pointed out the stony ‘salinity.’  Since, we ‘trip’ on the heavenly marine smells of crushed oyster shells, the savoury texture and lemon oil finish that only the northern slope of this vineyard imbues to the wines produced thereof! Unforgettable.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Sub-Ava Twenty Mile Bench VQA
Producer Bachelder Wines
Vintage 2019
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14%
Product Code A017W00319
UPC 185729000422
Inventory In Stock (60)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

A reserve blend of barrels from Bachelder's Niagara-on-the-Lake fruit that is notably well-balanced and exhibits unexpected vibrancy and savoriness. Dried herbs compliment the ripe stone fruit with an appealing zestiness and minerality on the palate. Voluminous but not heavy, there careful winemaking at play here. Memorable length.

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2032

Press
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Such a gorgeous nose of saline and crushed oyster shells with pure pear/apple notes, flint, elegant spice and perfume with citrus zest. It has depth and concentration on the palate with rich pear/quince fruits, dry extract, subtle savoury notes, wet stones, flint and a long, finessed and zesty citrus finish. Very fine Chardonnay with cellaring potential of 5+ years.
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Michael Godel Nord is a cool firecracker of a chardonnay, crisp and sweetly volatile, white peppery sharp and given some air time, also luxe and suave across the palate. One of the fullest, most accomplished and complete wines in so many respects, fruit sources imagined as being picked from orchards of all shapes, ilk and sizes. Apples to peaches, nectarines to pears. Oh hail great fruit and how cool it breathes. Nord for Wismer-Foxcroft is clearly the shizzle, not merely the best or most popular but the source for Bench chardonnay that can handle the truths of reduction and flint struck realities. Drink 2022-2028. Tasted December 2021 and July 2022.
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Michael Godel Nord is a cool firecracker of a chardonnay, crisp and sweetly volatile, white peppery sharp and given some air time, also luxe and suave across the palate. One of the fullest, most accomplished and complete wines in so many respects, fruit sources imagined as being picked from orchards of all shapes, ilk and sizes. Apples to peaches, nectarines to pears. Oh hail great fruit and how cool it breathes. Nord for Wismer-Foxcroft is clearly the shizzle, not merely the best or most popular but the source for Bench chardonnay that can handle the truths of reduction and flint struck realities. Drink 2022-2028. Tasted December 2021 and July 2022.
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John Szabo, MS  Ahh, this shows such a lovely, flinty, gently sulfide-driven profile, with real presence and depth; the quality of the vineyard seems boldly apparent off the top. Fruit takes a back seat to the more visceral, earthy, and especially stony spectrum, with tightly wound green apple skin and white-fleshed orchard fruit flavours flowing in behind. The palate displays riveting acids, so salty and succulent, and length is exceptional. Simply excellent wine, drink or hold into the late 2020s. Tasted December 2021.
Reviews & Ratings

The Terroir: The Wismer family has been farming grapes across 300 acres on the Vineland and Jordan Benches for over 25 years. Bachelder is a huge fan of Wismer fruit and isolated two distinct blocks he uses for two distinct wines, which usually vie for the top two spots in the lineup every vintage. Foxcroft North, with its steep slope, stony-clay and limestone soil, is chosen for the distinct minerally attributes it imparts.

The Wine: Such a gorgeous nose of saline and crushed oyster shells with pure pear/apple notes, flint, elegant spice and perfume with citrus zest. It has depth and concentration on the palate with rich pear/quince fruits, dry extract, subtle savoury notes, wet stones, flint and a long, finessed and zesty citrus finish. Very fine Chardonnay with cellaring potential of 5+ years.

Production

Appellation

VQA Twenty Mile Bench

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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