Bachelder Wismer Chardonnay 2013

Bachelder Wismer Chardonnay 2013

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BACHELDER Wismer (Wingfield) VineyardChardonnay
2013 Twenty-Mile Bench’ Niagara, Ontario, Canada
Alc. 13%
This simply incredible vineyard, the Wingfield parcel, is situated
on a perfectly exposed well-drained slope on the east side of
Victoria Street on the 'Vineland Bench.Fermented as always in
barrel with indigenous yeasts, (with only 15% new oak), 2012 is
a year of beautiful natural ripeness. We picked a little earlier to
ensure perfume and delicacy. This Wismer Wingfield has focused
flavours, great tension, and a long, mineral finish, a marvel of
silky texture, broad, deep flavour, and intense minerality.
The Wismer Vineyard: Now into the second generation, the
Wismer family has been growing grapes on the Vineland Bench
for 20+ years. Both the highest elevation and furthest from the
lake of all our parcels, we pick Wingfield a full 10 days to two
weeks after our other Chardonnay vineyards. Surely destined to
become a 'Grand Cru' if Canada ever classifies. Now older vines,
planted in 1993 on lighter silty/clay and limestone soil, it shows
the classic Vineland (as distinct from Jordan) combination of
plush richness and tight minerality.