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Bachelder Frontier Block Chardonnaytext

Bachelder Frontier Block Chardonnay 2021

Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, CanadaOne of a series of terroir-specific chardonnays Thomas Bachelder released from 2021, this organic Lincoln Lakeshore chardy was planted in 2004 in the red clay, silt, and limestone of historic Grimsby Hillside Vineyard, in the far west of Niagara. The Frontier Block is the furthest out, and the topsoil sits above a base of boulders, nestled in the foothill of the Escarpment. Like all of his chardonnays, this was native fermented and rested 20 months, this time in a mix of new, slightly used, and neutral Burgundian barrels. The wood is present here in this youthful wine, supporting the bright lemon, crunchy green apple, perfumed orchard pear ruling the creamy palate. Very structural, this powerful wine lingers with a seashell salinity. Very much in youth, with a long life ahead.Tasted: 16 December 2023Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
ON$49.95750mlwinery direct
Producer: Mary et Thomas Delaney-Bachelder et FillesDistributors: Winery Direct
Grape: ChardonnayUPC: 185729000873