Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Meyer Family Vineyards' New Releases

Meyer Family Vineyards is a small boutique winery based in Okanagan Falls whose focus on single vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines allows them to showcase the inherent terroir transmitting qualities of these varietals using fruit sourced from two uniquely different proprietary vineyards: Mclean Creek Road in Okanagan Falls and the Old Main Road vineyard on the Naramata Bench. The firm also source fruit from a Kelowna property and create entry-level Okanagan Valley blends which combine fruit from multiple vineyard sites and are designed to be more easily assessable.

New releases include three single vineyard Pinots (two from the same vineyard but from different vintages), two single vineyard Chardonnay and their entry-level Pinot blend. All are previewed below and offer a master class in the effect that climate, soil and viticulture practices have on the same grape varieties (same clones even in some cases), from the same region and from the same vintage. Yes, terroir is for real.

Missing from the list of the new releases is the premium Micro Cuvee Chardonnay which, despite the $60 price tag, is a good seller for the winery. As proprietor JAK Meyer notes, "We decided not to do a Micro Cuvee for 2010 as we could not find anything or any barrels that stood out enough and our plan always was only to make it if warranted."

He went on to mention that he hopes to find a few exceptional barrels from the 2011 vintage that will meet their high standards for the Cuvee, noting "2011 proved to be an interesting year. Lots of concern that we would not have enough time for fruit to ripen but the frost never arrived and we were able to leave the fruit out there well into October... in a nutshell good fruit, likely a little less acidity this year than previous but good flavours."

The Pinots
2010 Reimer Vineyard - $40
This delightful purple-ruby hued Pinot Noir begins with a gorgeous nose worth taking the time to enjoy before moving on to the concentrated, tart palate. Rich, round aromas of dark cherry, raspberry seeds, ripe plum, vanilla, dried flowers and a hint of oak mingle nicely in the glass creating a pleasing bouquet that will make you smile.
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2009 Mclean Creek Road - $40
Robust, concentrated and refreshing. The 2009 vintage of the Mclean Creek Road Pinot Noir yielded just 48 cases but every bottle packs a punch with ripe aromas of cherry, blackberry, plum, licorice, fennel, cedar, cooking spice and minerality.
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2010 Mclean Creek Road - $40
The style of the 2010 Mclean Creek Road Vineyard Pinot Noir reflects the vintage truthfully: lean, mean and very flavourful. Strong minerality and plenty of acid makes your mouth stand-up and take notice, en guard even, but then the intense red fruit flavours arrive and calm the precedings through to the long, refreshing finish with lingering tartness.
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2010 Okanagan Valley - $25
A credit to the blending skills of the winemaking team that despite the cooler 2010 vintage they have pieced together a warm and hearty palate of upfront, juicy red fruit flavours and forest floor notes from grapes sourced throughout the valley.
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The Chardonnays2010 Tribute Series - $35
Year-in, year-out the Tribute Series from Meyer Family Vineyards captures the essence of Naramata Bench Chardonnay: an intense and juicy orchard fruit profile with crisp stonefruit notes.
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2010 Mclean Creek Road - $35
Despite the late ripening in 2010, the grapes managed to retain their acidity and developed more complex character: green apple, lemon, pineapple, spice, hay, butter, lees and oak are all on offer.
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 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011 IconWines.ca

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