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Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay Micro Cuvée Old Main Road Vineyardtext

Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay Micro Cuvée Old Main Road Vineyard 2018

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. After a long, cool native ferment in stainless, this moved to French oak (33% new) for 11 months on lees, without batonnage and with full MLF. Micro Cuvee is a barrel selection, and this year proved to be one new French puncheon, and 2 x 1 year old puncheons. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Certainly a product made with much care, and it shows, through the layers of Meyer lemon curd, lemon pith, green apple, herbal lees, mineral rock salts that stretch long on the structural palate. Acidity is tight, keeping this confident 13.5 degree wine bright and shining throughout to a humming finish. Still in youth and with much time ahead, but quite impressive; I'd place this in a blind line up of chardy from around the world, anytime.Tasted: 19 June 2020Tasted by: Prices:
BC$60.00750mlwinery online/direct, VQA, select private retailers
Producer: Meyer Family VineyardsDistributors: Olivier Brands
Vagabond Merchants
Grape: ChardonnayUPC: 00626990062707