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Bachelder Lowrey Vineyard Old Vines Pinot Noir 2019

Canada, Ontario
93 NW
93 WA
94 WA

From Thomas Bachelder - 'It's an honour to work with this vineyard from the '88 & '93 vines planted by Karl Kaiser of Inniskillin by the lovely Lowrey Family.  Fine, fresh, mineral; so complex.  A ballerina with great core strength!

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Sub-Ava St. David's Bench VQA
Producer Bachelder Wines
Vintage 2019
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
¥8,800

From Thomas Bachelder - 'It's an honour to work with this vineyard from the '88 & '93 vines planted by Karl Kaiser of Inniskillin by the lovely Lowrey Family.  Fine, fresh, mineral; so complex.  A ballerina with great core strength!

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Sub-Ava St. David's Bench VQA
Producer Bachelder Wines
Vintage 2019
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13%
Product Code A017R00119
UPC 185729000705
Inventory In Stock (48)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

The nose is clean and fragrant with classic red cherry moving into riper raspberry. Light toast and cinnamon spice are deflty applied. It is light to medium bodied (12.5%) with fine yet firm acdity and mild tannin. Slim and elegant with excellent length

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2030

Press
93Wines In Niagara
This Old Vines offering is a ballerina, with a pretty, floral nose of wild raspberries, cherries, elegant oak spices, chalky minerality and this lovely note of perfumed strawberries. It’s silky and smooth on the palate with forest berries, pure raspberry/strawberry notes, subtle earth, integrated oak spice with length and verve on the finish.
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John Szabo, MS.   This is the brightest, sharpest and most refined Lowrey bottling from Bachelder that I've tasted. The fruit is tight and precise in the tart red berry spectrum, much fresher and notably absent the dried and leathery aspect of previous vintages. This 2019 belies the fact that this is one of the warmest areas of the Niagara Peninsula, 13 kilometers from the lake (and 5kms from the Niagara River). Here it presents with elegance and florality, and energy and vibrancy. The usual tannic Lowrey structure is still present, with abundant but fully ripened tannins, but again it's those 2019 acids that provide so much of the framework. I find the clarity and precision here impressive, as well as depth and complexity. A top vintage. Drink after 2023.
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Michael Godel From the “original Grand Cru” identified Niagara site Lowrey Vineyard. The vines were planted in 1984 and 1988 at the time by the Lowrey family for Inniskilin’s winemaker Karl Kaiser, (then once more in 1993). A clay-loam St. David’s Bench location closer to the Niagara River then to the lake. This means cold air leaving and warmer site gifting conditions for red wines that develop ripeness and concentration like few other sub-appellations. Bachelder’s ’19 takes on and full advantage of a good season’s gifts for maximum cherry-berry-metallurgy contractual distraction. Collective natural sweetness cross-referenced against equally incontestable acidity for a respectively balanced perspective through deep varietal meaning. This is in fact pinot noir from Ontario’s Niagara region in hyper clarity as seen through the seven to 10 year eyes of a studious and industrious monk. Age Old Vines Lowery for 10 years without trepidation.
Production

Appellation

VQA St. David's Bench

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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