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Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay Stevens Block Old Main Road Vineyard 2021

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis is a single block selection from their Naramata Bench Old Main Road Vineyard, planted in 2006 to French clones 4 and 5. Stevens Block is a steep, cool slope (350m), farmed with organic practices. After a whole cluster ferment, the free-run juice was natively fermented over 6 weeks in stainless, before resting in older French barrels on lees for 10 months, with MLF. There's a welcome tightness here (especially compared to the standard Old Main Road Vineyard Chardonnay), with lemon pith bracing the sides, and green apple, crunchy Anjou pear, and white peach filling the core. A stream of stony acidity carries this to the subtly spiced finish. Nice presence, without being overdone, enjoy this youthful wine now and over the next few years easy.Tasted: 15 January 2023Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
BC$27.04750mlwinery direct, private wine shops
Producer: Meyer Family VineyardsDistributors: Olivier Brands
Vagabond Merchants
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 326140UPC: 808755010165