Bachelder Oregon Chardonnay 2012


  • Gold - Sommelier Wine Awards 2015


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. 

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.

As one of the driest years on record for Oregon, the 2012 vintage provided more consistent temperatures in previous years. Budbreak was on time, and periods of warm spring days were interspersed with cool and rainy weather. The warm summer months provided many sunshine hours with a good diurnal temperature range. Harvest began a bit earlier than normal, in the first week of October.

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, a truer reflection of its site and, surprisingly, less oaky.

13.5% abv

Bachelder Oregon Chardonnay 2012
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  • Bachelder Oregon Chardonnay 2012