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Meyer Okanagan Valley Chardonnay 2019

Canada, British Columbia
89 GOW
91 WSC
Meyer Okanagan Valley Chardonnay 2019

There isn't much that is every day about the Meyer's 'every day' chardonnay because, as is the case with top-flight programs, entry-level wines are pulled along at a higher level than their peers. - Anthony Gismondi.

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Meyer Family Vineyards
Vintage 2019
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
¥3,520

There isn't much that is every day about the Meyer's 'every day' chardonnay because, as is the case with top-flight programs, entry-level wines are pulled along at a higher level than their peers. - Anthony Gismondi.

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Meyer Family Vineyards
Vintage 2019
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Data
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13%
Product Code B019W00319
UPC 808755007479
Inventory In Stock (38)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

An inviting white rich in lemon, with green apple, toast, and creamy textures through the finish.

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2028

Press
89Gismondionwine
There isn't much that is every day about the Meyer's 'every day' chardonnay because, as is the case with top-flight programs, entry-level wines are pulled along at a higher level than their peers. The fruit is a mix of chardonnay sourced in Okanagan Falls, Naramata, and Osoyoos. The production drill is familiar: whole cluster press, fermentation in a mix of French oak and stainless steel before going through malolactic fermentation and six months rest on lees. This leads to an inviting white rich in lemon, with green apple, toast, and creamy textures through the finish. Pop the screwcap and get at it. You won't regret it. I love the value here.
91winescores.ca
Expressive, woven, fresh. Harvested from a selection of vineyards from Naramata, Okanagan Falls and Osoyoos this Chardonnay was cool fermented in neutral oak and stainless steel then left to age on fine lees for four months where it went through a natural secondary fermentation before bottling. Brilliant yellow and releasing aromas of golden apples, brown spices, honey roasted nuts and white flowers, which translate to a creamy yet fresh palate with lovely weight and balance. It has superb fruit expression that is wonderfully woven with nuts and spice.
Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Vintage Notes

Throughout the Okanagan Valley, the cold snap in February led to winter bud damage and a poor budburst in the spring, especially in our Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer blocks which were down roughly 50% in yields. On the positive side, there was no smoke from wildfires and an excellent dry warm summer prevailed. The growing season finished with a cooler wetter September then we normally have in the valley. The white varieties, which we pick earlier than most producers, were harvested not too far off normal picking dates with little to no bunch rot, but like the two previous vintages; the Pinot Noir had to hang much longer than normal to achieve our harvest flavour and tannin goals. due to excellent fruit and canopy management we had very little bunch rot in the Pinot Noir blocks.  

Viticulture

The wine is a blend of fruit from four vineyards; our two estate vineyards Old Main Road on the Naramata Bench and McLean Creek Road in Okanagan Falls; Anarchist Mountain Vineyard in Osoyoos and Cellarsbend Vineyard also on the Naramata Bench. This Chardonnay is a blend of many separate small batch picks from September 27th through October 11th. The unique terroirs of the four vineyard sites yield a precise wine with elegance, finesse and length. Although we are not certified organic, we practice organic/sustainable farming principles.

Vinification

The grapes were gently whole cluster pressed with the juice being cold settled overnight. It was then racked off its heavy sediment into a combination of older seasoned French oak barrels and stainless-steel vessels where it went through a cool fermentation using a mix of indigenous and cultured yeast. The wine was left on its fine lees for six months, a natural malolactic fermentation occurred.  

Production Amount

14400
Producer

Producer Description

In traditional French Burgundian style we focus on small case lots of varietals best suited and expressive of their unique place of origin with an emphasis on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We produce about 8,000 cases and strive to produce the finest wines possible. Our wines are hand harvested and hand crafted and we take great pride in each bottle of wine with great attention to detail. We hope that you enjoy our wines as much as we enjoy making them!

OUR PHILOSOPHY

To produce the finest quality wines in the traditions of burgundy, we believe the wines are not made but grown. Each wine reflects the single vineyard of its origin, the soil, the meso-climate, the aspect and the people that hand tend the vines. Hand-harvested and hand-crafted, with great attention to detail and minimal winemaking intervention we take pride in each bottle of wine. Meyer Family Vineyards wines are produced from two main vineyards, the 1.62-hectare “Old Main Road” vineyard on the Naramata Bench and the 6.9-hectare “McLean Creek Road” vineyard in Okanagan Falls. We also work with passionate quality-minded growers in Kaleden and the East Kelowna area to round out our portfolio of terroir-driven wines.

Winemaker Chris Carson brings a wealth of global experience to Meyer Family Vineyards. His philosophy is to care for the grape on the vine and maintain as much as possible a hands-off approach in the cellar to allow the true expression of the terroir.

OUR VINEYARDS

At Meyer Family Vineyards, we follow time tested philosophies, strategies and techniques to produce the finest quality wines. Each wine reflects the single vineyard of it’s origin, the soil, the climate, the slope.

McLean Creek Road Vineyard Okanagan Falls, British Columbia

This is our home vineyard where our tasting room & wine lounge are located. The vineyard was originally planted in 1994. It has a predominantly steep southerly aspect with the soil comprised of alluvial and glacial deposits making up a mix of gravel and sandy loams.

Varietals grown:

Chardonnay – 3.5 acres planted
Pinot Noir – 11 acres planted 
Gewurztraminer – 1.5 acres planted

Old Main Road Vineyard Naramata Bench, British Columbia

This vineyard is located on a terrace that has a gentle northerly aspect with the soil comprised of alluvial deposits making up a silt loam overlaying a clay loam. The vineyard was originally planted in 1996 with 100% Chardonnay vines. 

Varietals grown:

Chardonnay – 4 acres planted
 

Chris Carson - Winemaker & Viticulturist

Chris returned to Canada in 2008 after eight years spent in New Zealand, California and Montrachet. He brings his expertise in crafting award winning wines. Chris is hands on in the vineyard, following the grape from pruning to harvest and creating small lot hand-crafted wines. He especially loves the heartbreak grape, Pinot Noir and supervised the planting of 9,000 new Pinot Noir vines in early 2009 at our estate vineyard on McLean Creek Road. Chris is a graduate of Lincoln University in Canterbury, New Zealand with his Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology and he brings with him his extensive enthusiasm and skills in all areas of winemaking and production.

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