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Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay Tribute Series - Donovan Tildesley Old Main Road Vineyardtext

Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay Tribute Series - Donovan Tildesley Old Main Road Vineyard 2016

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMeyer Family Vineyards have become known for their single-vintage chardonnays and pinot noirs, all set within the distinct MFV style. From the Old Main Road in Naramata the 2016 Tribute Series Chardonnay label honours Canadian Donovan Tildesley, an accomplished blind Paralympic swimmer, for outstanding achievement in his field. Each year owners Jak & Janice Meyer donate $1,000 per year over 5 years toward a not-for profit foundation, endowment or scholarship as a way of encouraging or honouring the legacies of these Canadians. Expect a tight, fine, bamboo strong lemon acidity laced throughout this flinty, reductive-styled chardonnay. Concentrated, but fine, this hums with stony minerality and tight acidity that prolongs the finish. This wine is made similarly to the McLean Creek Road Vineyard Chardonnay (stainless started ferment, French oak finished and rested on the lees for 11 months), however this wine took on a bit more new oak at 22 percent. This wine has the intensity to hold more wood, swallowing rather than wallowing. Impressive drinking now at a streamlined 13 degrees alcohol, and will hold. Impressive. Unknown clone (s), planted in 1996, with full MLF.Tasted: 20 March 2018Tasted by: Treve Ring & Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$33.00750mlwinery direct, private wine shops
Producer: Meyer Family VineyardsDistributors: Olivier Brands
Vagabond Merchants
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 838532UPC: 808755006236