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Meyer McLean Creek Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Canada, British Columbia
91 GOW
93 WSC
Meyer McLean Creek Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

A deft selection courtesy of winemaker Chris Carson. Drink or hold; both will surprise

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Meyer Family Vineyards
Vintage 2018
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
¥5,830

A deft selection courtesy of winemaker Chris Carson. Drink or hold; both will surprise

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Meyer Family Vineyards
Vintage 2018
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code B019R00118
UPC 808755006267
Inventory In Stock (100)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

The attack is slippery, and the intensity is a jump up over the McLean Road offering, as it should be. Ripe black cherries dominate, with flecks of Damson plum, more black raspberries, and a dusting of brown spice. Delicate, complex, and delicious in the mouth.

Pairing

Roast chicken or guineafowl.  Rack of lamb, served pink. Rare fillet steak and carpaccio. Beef Wellington. Roast pork with herbs and fennel. Chicken or turkey sausages. Dishes with morels and other wild mushrooms. Mushroom risotto. Roast or grillled lobster

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2028

Press
91Gismondionwine
Pinot Noir Old Block is all about the original vines growing at the Okanagan Falls estate, within the McLean Creek Road Vineyard, first planted in 1994. It is also known, or not, as the unknown clone. Typically it’s fermented naturally and aged in about 30 percent new French oak for 11 months, showing little effect, flavour-wise, in the finished wine. The attack is slippery, and the intensity is a jump up over the McLean Road offering, as it should be. Ripe black cherries dominate, with flecks of Damson plum, more black raspberries, and a dusting of brown spice. Delicate, complex, and delicious in the mouth, it is a deft selection courtesy of winemaker Chris Carson. Drink or hold; both will surprise.
93winescores.ca
Another outstanding Pinot from MFVs, this one is made from grapes grown on the estate's home McLean Creek Road vineyard in Okanagan Falls, which was originally planted in 1994. The site is comprised of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and some Gewurztraminer, grown on sandy/gravel loams. It was aged for 11 months in French oak barrels (25% new); natural malolactic fermentation occurred in late spring. In keeping with the estate's hands-off approach in the cellar to allow the true expression of terroir to shine through, the wine is unfined and unfiltered. Smoked sweet cherries, cocoa, rhubarb, beet greens, savoury spice and wild botanical aromas lead to a silky and bright palate. Raspberry flavours lead the palate, layered with cigar, forest floor and cocoa flavours, which trail on a persistent finish. Classic and elegant, a gorgeous wine.
Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Viticulture

Our family owned “McLean Creek Road Vineyard” is in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia. The vineyard has a predominantly steep southerly aspect with the soil comprised of alluvial and glacial deposits making up a mix of gravelly and sandy loams. The Pinot Noir blocks are planted with a Pommard clone (91) and 4 Dijon clones (114, 115, 667, 777) and are planted in three distinct blocks on the 20-acre property (16-acres planted). The largest of these blocks has a steep southerly aspect to capture the full range of the sun, the second block has a gently sloping westerly aspect giving a slightly higher temperature from the afternoon sun, and the third and coolest of the blocks has a gentle northwest aspect. Our philosophy is to manage each block separately and treat each vine individually. Although we are not certified organic, we practice organic/sustainable farming principles.

Vinification

At the winery the fruit was gently de-stemmed via gravity into small open top fermenters and allowed to cold soak. After cold soaking, an indigenous yeast fermentation began lasting two weeks and peaking at 32 degrees Celsius, with gentle hand plunging of the must done throughout. After a post-maceration period the wine was transferred to 100% French oak barrels (25% new) where it remained for 11 months. 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 terroir, this wine is unfined and unfiltered. 

Production Amount

12000
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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