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Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay Micro Cuvée Old Main Road Vineyardtext

Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay Micro Cuvée Old Main Road Vineyard 2017

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaOne of a series of chardonnays produced by Meyer Family Vineyards, this small lot bottling is from Naramata's Old Main Road Vineyard, a north-facing aspect planted in 1996 on silt and clay loams. The Micro Cuvée is only produced in exceptional vintages for the winery, and although 2017 was tricky due to the forest fires blocking out the sun's UV, in the end, this vineyard worked its magic for MFV. From a selection of early pressings, the must was fermented cool and long in stainless before transferring to French oak (22 percent new) where it remained on lees for 11 months, sans battonage and with MLF. Tight lemon drives though stone, lees, meadow herbs, ripe pear and fine spice, drawing the palate long to the lingering finish. There's a vibrancy that lifts this wine, skipping it along to a snappy end. Much mellower than last year at this youthful age. Classic Meyer, and archetype Naramata.Tasted: 01 April 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
Producer: Meyer Family VineyardsDistributors: Olivier Brands
Vagabond Merchants
Grape: ChardonnayUPC: 00626990062707