With my head stuck in Alsace a few years ago if you had said Okanagan makes humdinger Gewürztraminer I might have thought you were on your way to Las Vegas with Hunter Thompson. Although in the past three years I have had some exceptional ones from the Okanagan. So knowing that 2020 was a great growing year in the Okanagan I have high hopes for the Meyer Gewurtz. And the cuttings for the grapes are from Germany. The McLean Creek Vineyard was planted in 1994 and the soil is comprised of alluvial and glacial deposits making up a mix of gravel and sandy loam.
Two batches of fruit were used the first loaded straight from the vineyard and was slowly and gently whole pressed to maximize juice quality without extracting harsh flavours. The other later picks were destemmed and slightly crushed and left to soak with the skins for 24 hours, then gently pressed. Both batches were combined, and a long cool indigenous fermentation occurred in stainless steel vats and older seasoned French oak barrels for four weeks. The wine was left on its fine lees for a further six months.
Mid golden in colour with deep and penetrating aromas of peaches, apricots, tangerines and a bit of honey. On the palate creamy but not flabby. You get exactly on the palate the characteristics of the nose. With residual sugars at 3 grams per litre I would call this a dry wine loaded with flavour. I am picking up some gravel on the palate with gentle acidity and minerality and a long finish. This wine gives top quality Alsatian Gewurtz a run for its money. A note that the acidity picks up a bit when the wine warms.
Give me a bowl of BC shrimp green Thai curry or Thai mussels with loads of coriander, coconut milk, scallions, fish sauce, garlic and scallions over rice. When and if I hit the right side of the pearly gates give me a bowl of either of these dishes with the Gewurtz when I arrive.
Very informative and educational label full all the details you need. 168 cases made. The marketing department at MFV must have been having a wild party when they priced this at $16.61 or perhaps they realized that COVID was ravaging their customer base economically and decided to give them a break. Whatever the case if you are a Gewurtz lover this deserves a case purchase and serves as an example for those scaredy cats of Gewurtz exactly what they are missing.
(Meyer Family Vineyards 2020 McClean Creek Road Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley, Okanagan Falls, BC VQA, $16.61, 750 mL, 14%, Robert K. Stephen Set The Bar Rating 94/100).