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Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay Tribute Series Joannie Rochette Old Main Road Vineyard
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Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay Tribute Series Joannie Rochette Old Main Road Vineyard 2017

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe 2017 Tribute Series Chardonnay honours Joannie Rochette, a Canadian figure skating Olympic medallist. The fruit comes off the Old Main Road Vineyard in Naramata, a site with a gently sloping northern aspect planted in 1996 to silty loams and clay. Minimalist winemaker, Chris Carson’s ferments, are long, cool and slow and in this case, were followed by 11 months ageing in French oak (22 percent new) resting sur lies with no battonage. The results are stunning, beginning with one of the best-structured chardonnays I have tasted in BC. Look for a bony, mineral, white wine flecked with bits of lemon, green apple, sea salt dusted in dried desert herbs — all you could want in a serious bottle of chardonnay at a fantastic price.Tasted: 24 July 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 30.52 winery direct Producer: Meyer Family VineyardsDistributors: International Cellars Inc.
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 838532UPC: 808755006236