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Meyer Micro Cuvee Chardonnay 2018

Canada, British Columbia
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94 WSC
93 WA
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Meyer Micro Cuvee Chardonnay 2018

Micro Cuvée is serious stuff, and you sense that from the first taste of. One of the best in the Okanagan Valley.

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Meyer Family Vineyards
Vintage 2018
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
¥8,800

Micro Cuvée is serious stuff, and you sense that from the first taste of. One of the best in the Okanagan Valley.

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Meyer Family Vineyards
Vintage 2018
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code B019W00218
UPC 626990062707
Inventory In Stock (29)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

There is some flinty reduction but it is nicely settled amid the ripe peach, vanillin, cream, wood smoke and nutmeg complexities. It is full bodied, almost satiny smooth with some warming alcohol and minerality on the finish. The length is excellent to outstanding.

Pairing

Pari with mild, buttery or creamy dishes such as meaty fish (halibut, cod) and shellfish (lobster, shrimp, crab, scallops, simply seasoned poultry and pork dishes.

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2030

Press
96Decanter (UK)
96 points, GOLD - 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards.  Classic, complex, and completely Chardonnay, charming with citrus, cheeky cinnamon, and a touch of clove. Zesty and zingy, with incredible precision and power.
94winescores.ca
Elegant, profound,complex. The 2018 Micro Cuvee Chardonnay is selected from MFV's Old Main Road vineyard on the Naramata Bench. A long, cool fermentation took place in stainless steel vessels where it remained for most of the ferment. The must was then transferred to 100% French oak (33% new) and left sur lie for 11 months without battonage; natural malolactic fermentation occurred in late spring. For this Micro Cuvee they selected the most outstanding barrels and in keeping with their philosophy to maintain a hands-off approach in the cellar (allowing for true expression of terroir), the wine is unfined and unfiltered. Warm buttered biscuits, apple turnovers, honeysuckle, toasted spice and vanilla liqueur aromas flow seamlessly onto a plush yet lively palate. Creamy and complex with woven fruit, citrus, spice and nutty flavours this wine is elegant, delicious and frankly, profound.
93WineAlign
David Lawrason.  This is a lovely quite elegant yet robust chardonnay. There is some flinty reduction but it is nicely settled amid the ripe peach, vanillin, cream, wood smoke and nutmeg complexities. It is full bodied, almost satiny smooth with some warming alcohol and minerality on the finish. The length is excellent to outstanding. Meyer continues to be a leading light for Okanagan chardonnay. Tasted October 2020
93Gismondionwine
Micro Cuvée is one of several chardonnays produced by Meyer Family Vineyards, but it is considered the flagship. A small lot bottling from Naramata's Old Main Road Vineyard, it fights the heat with a north-facing aspect and old-ish vines planted in 1996. After a long, cool native ferment in stainless, it spends eleven months on lees in 33 percent new oak. The final blend is a barrel selection: one new French puncheon; and 2 x 1-year-old puncheons. Micro Cuvée is serious stuff, and you sense that from the first taste of, appropriately, Meyer Lemon combined with green apple, mineral, salty flavours that persist through the length and width of the wine. The acidity hums throughout, and at 13.5 percent, so too does Okanagan Falls. No rush to drink this. One of the best in the valley and consistently so in the last three or four years.
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 theearly stages ofthe pressing was used for this wine with the more astringent so called “hard press” kept separate. A long,cool fermentationbegan in stainless steel vessels where it remained for most of the ferment. The must was then transferred to 100% French oak(33% new).The wine was left “sur lees” for 11 months without battonage. A natural malolactic fermentation occurred in late spring.For the Micro Cuvéewe individually taste and select barrels that we feel stand out; one new French oak puncheon from theTronçaisforest and two one-year-old puncheons from the Vosgesand Allier forests were selected. 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

1800
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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