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Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay Micro Cuvée McLean Creek Road Vineyardtext
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Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay Micro Cuvée McLean Creek Road Vineyard 2019

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Micro Cuvée Chardonnay is all McLean Creek Road Vineyard fruit designated VQA Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley. The site, just north of McIntrye Bluff on the east side of the valley, is a mix of sand and gravel loams that appear to be the perfect medium for this wine. The vines are now 27 years old and well adapted to the land. Winemaker Chris Carson likes long, cool ferments in stainless steel before running the juice into French oak (33% new) to go through malolactic fermentation and 11 months of ageing on lees with zero stirring. In the end, Micro Cuvée is made from a handful of select barrels whose output is a meagre 125 cases. The style is reductive with a strong, slightly bitter hazelnut nose with intense lemon curd and mineral notes and a twist of brown spice in the finish. Impressive.Tasted: 06 August 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 60.00 winery direct Producer: Meyer Family VineyardsDistributors: Olivier Brands
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 883363UPC: 00626990062707