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Meyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir Old Block McLean Creek Vineyardtext

Meyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir Old Block McLean Creek Vineyard 2020

Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Old Block is one of the original Meyer Vineyard plantings. It dates to 1994 and is part of the largest block (1 acre) of pinot noir at McLean Creek Road. The unknown clone has a steep southerly aspect, capturing the full range of the sun, and it shows in the power and length of this pinot even at a modest 13.5 percent alcohol. Winemaker Chris Carson practices sustainable /organic viticulture, but nothing is certified. The berries are gently destemmed via gravity into small open-top fermenters. After a cold soak, the fermentation begins naturally, with the temperature peaking at 30 C. The must is hand plunged throughout and post maceration. The wine ages in French oak barrels (33% new) for 11 months. The attack is vibrant and savoury with plenty of wild dark fruit that spills across the palate, finishing with a silky, long peppery note. Impressive and just beginning to show its stuff. Drink or hold; either way, you will not be disappointed.Tasted: 31 January 2022Tasted by: Prices:
BC$44.44750mlclub members only
Producer: Meyer Family VineyardsDistributors: Olivier Brands
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 770818UPC: 808755012985