Mayhem’s Brilliant 2020 Sauvignon Blanc

“Mayhem” could be seen as a misleading name for this Okanagan winery which is a collaboration between two established wine industry siblings – Terry Meyer Stone of Anarchist Mountain Vineyards and her brother JAK Meyer of Meyer Family Vineyards, along with their respective spouses Andrew Stone and Janice Stevens. There is no anarchy or mayhem in Mayhem Wines!

Sauvignon Blanc in the Okanagan? Yes indeed. You’d be surprised if you had a full inventory of the grapes grown here!

As 2020 goes this is COVID era Sauvignon Blanc. Is there a need to quarantine yourself from it?

Fear not you poor propagandized citizens of Canada! Don’t do this. Do that. Stay at home. Don’t celebrate milestone events. Don’t hug your grandchildren let alone even seeing them other than on Facebook. Should you fear infection from this wine! Will the next emergency order compel sex on Monday afternoons? The medico-politico elite can not tell us what wine to drink…….at least for now.

My goodness who needs New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with this Mayhem version. Not to forget many wineries derive most of their revenue from on site sales that have been hampered by closure of tasting rooms. Canadian wineries need our help particularly in 2021 as we hopefully crawl out of the COVID gutter.

My first take on this Sauvignon Blanc is that it is an excellent one that can rival and beat most New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. While I am not a big fan of the grape I can pick a winner when I taste one. And it is a winner. Finally I have found a Sauvignon Blanc that I like!

Light gold if not platinum in colour. On the nose lemon, lime, mango and some rich waftings of pineapple. On the palate extremely gentle on the tannins and on the acidity. Lemon, lime, tangerine and guava with a short and clean finish.

OK does this Sauvignon Blanc have some reflection of its terroir? While I make a comparison to New Zealie SB this Okanagan version comes on strong like a good Sauvignon Blanc but it has a twist to it and that is its taste which fades from good ole SB into something different. A taste that is unique in that it rather loses its Sauvignon Blanc ancestry and takes you down a delightfully unfamiliar path and into something more sophisticated and elegant. Sorry it is a bit difficult to explain which may be a reflection of its brilliance.

The tasting sheet says the wine “is dry, clean, fresh and ready to drink”. Indeed it is but as this wine is a newbie and has travelled from British Columbia to Ontario on a truck it got a bit of a few bumps outside of Wa Wa so to recuperate from bottle shock there is no harm letting it sit for a couple of months or at least until this ****** lockdown ends and you can sit on your patio with your friends (formerly evil contaminated people to avoid).

The tasting sheet says this is good with goat cheese and flatbread at a nearby patio. Like the plethora of “emergency orders” dogging all of us I’ll obey the tasting sheet.

Three separate parcels of this wine were produced. 76% in stainless steel, 10% in new French oak barriques and 14% neutral French oak barriques. The oak enhances the wine but is it detectable? No. Skillful and respectful use of oak. No arguing with winemaker’s Ajay Chavan’s view this is one of his favourite vintages. The separate batches were blended prior to bottling.

238 cases produced. For how to order contact

(Mayhem 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Naramata Bench Okanagan Valley (produced under license of Meyer Family Vineyards) BC VQA, $20, 750 mL, 12.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 94/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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