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Meyer Tribute Series Chardonnay 2018

Canada, British Columbia
92 WA
93 WA
Meyer Tribute Series Chardonnay 2018

The nose billows with ripe peach fruit, peat, spice and vanilla from French oak. It has sense of fullness but the 2018 acidity runs neatly through to the end. Excellent length.

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Meyer Family Vineyards
Vintage 2018
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
¥5,500

The nose billows with ripe peach fruit, peat, spice and vanilla from French oak. It has sense of fullness but the 2018 acidity runs neatly through to the end. Excellent length.

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Meyer Family Vineyards
Vintage 2018
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Data
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code B019W00118
UPC 808755006236
Inventory In Stock (99)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

The nose billows with ripe peach fruit, peat, spice and vanilla from French oak. It has sense of fullness but the 2018 acidity runs neatly through to the end. Excellent length.

Pairing

a great choice for shellfish, grilled lobster, tilapia, vegetables, and dishes with rich sauces.

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2028

Press
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Michael Godel.  Once again the Gordon A. Smith Old Main Road Vineyard sets the stage for a fine streak of citrus-laced acidity to spur on chardonnay with lightning reflexes like a bolt from the blue. This one is shot as if out of a cannon, faster and more precise than before. The injections and fusing are so fierce and so taut that the wood hides in wait at this youthful stage. It will emerge in soft fleshy tones and gentle spice but you’ll have to wait a few years for that and for the fruit to have it’s day. Hard to fathom a chardonnay could act this way. Drink 2022-2028. Tasted April 2020.
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David Lawrason.  This is from Meyer's Old Main Road vineyard in Naramata. Each year the Tribute Chardonnay honours a Canadian cultural figure, in 2018 modernist painter Gordon Applebe Smith.The Old Main chardonnay always strikes a riper, richer note and no change here even in the cooler vintage. The nose billows with ripe peach fruit, peat, spice and vanilla from French oak. It has sense of fullness but the 2018 acidity runs neatly through to the end. Excellent length. Tasted April 2020
Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Viticulture

Our family owned “Old Main Road Vineyard” is located on a terrace on the famed Naramata Bench, BC and was originally planted in 1996 with 100% Chardonnay vines. The vineyard has a gentle northerly aspect with the soil comprised of alluvial deposits making up a silt loam overlaying a clay loam.  The northerly aspects of the vineyard cause the vines to slowly ripen the fruit producing a greater spectrum of flavor while still retaining a good level of acidity and minerality. Although we are not certified organic, we practice organic/sustainable farming principles.

Vinification

At the winery the fruit was fed directly into the press with an ensuing long gentle pressing employed. Only the finest, purest juice from the early stages of the pressing was used for this wine with the more astringent so called “hard press” kept separate. A long cool fermentation began in stainless steel vessels where it remained for most of the ferment. The must was then transferred to 100% French oak (22% new) to complete fermentation. The wine was left “sur lees” for 11 months without battonage. A natural malolactic fermentation occurred in late spring. In keeping with our philosophy to maintain as much as possible a hands-off approach in the cellar to allow the true expression of the terroir this wine is unfined and unfiltered.

Production Amount

7680
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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