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Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay McLean Creek Road Vineyard
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Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay McLean Creek Road Vineyard 2016

Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMeyer Family Vineyards is known for its distinct single-vintage labels both chardonnay and pinot noir, all set within the MFV style. From its home Okanagan Falls, estate, McLean Creek Road Vineyard and its steep, gravel and sandy loams, this is a flinty, leesy, reductive-swinging, medium+ bodied white, threaded with lemon peel and textured with grippy pith and a mineral, broken stone palate. Few BC winemakers make chardonnay in this style; here MFV is pioneering. After a long, cool, stainless-started ferment, the must is transferred to French oak (only 18 percent new) for the remainder of ferment, followed by 11 months ageing on the lees and full MLF. The wine is unfined and coarsely filtered prior to bottling, preserving the appealing authenticity of place. Drinking beautifully now, especially with salted, thyme and sage roasted chicken. Impressive. Planted on their home estate 1995 to unknown clones.Tasted: 20 March 2018Tasted by: Treve Ring & Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 33.00 winery direct, vqa, private retail Producer: Meyer Family VineyardsDistributors: International Cellars Inc.
Varietal: ChardonnayCSPC: 139717UPC: 808755006809