A couple of Chardonnays from British Columbia’s Meyer Family Vineyards (MFV)

2020 was a good vintage year in the Okanagan.

The Chardonnay is a blend from four different vineyards two of which, Old Main Road on the Naramata Bench and McLean Creek Road in Okanagan Falls, are MFV’s. The other two are the Anarchist Mountain Vineyard in Osoyoos and Cellarsbend Vineyard on the Naramata bench. This Chardonnay is a blend of many small batch picks from September 27th through October 11th. It was then racked off into older seasoned French oak barrels and stainless-steel vessels.

If you like those heavily oaked Chardonnays don’t look here. There is oak for sure but very subtle as there was no new oak involved! Aromas of peach, apricot, tangerine, pineapple and quince jam. As for the palate it has some weight to it. The acids are tame and so well integrated into the wine they won’t be competing for your attention. There is some custard, lemon, lime with some creaminess. All said and done a simple, clean and well-crafted Chardonnay.

1,000 cases were produced. The winery suggests drink through to 2025 and I will not disagree with that.

(Meyer Family Vineyards 2020 Okanagan Valley Chardonnay, BC VQA, Meyer Family Vineyards, Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, $ 19.22, 750 mL, 13.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 89/100).

Our MFV run ends with a 2019 McLean Creek Road Vineyard Chardonnay. Golden coloured. On the nose there is some new French Oak (22%). A light dosing of new oak can be complimentary to Chardonnay as it is in this case. If you like drinking wood there are many over oaked Chardonnays in the marketplace!  On the nose lemon, tangerine, guava and butterscotch. On the palate whole wheat toast, Spanish clementine, Orri tangerines, French Toast and pineapple. Moderately long finish. Less oak on the palate than on the nose. The acids are tucked away nicely. All said and done this is a lighthearted wine

I can only think of lobster with garlic butter sauce, a big bib, lobster crackers and a lightly chilled glass of this Chardonnay. There is a truce dealing with oak with this wine. One side will be happy with enough oak to be rightly called an oaked Chardonnay. The other side will be happy with a moderately oaked Chardonnay that deserves a place in the home of those that realize there is a place for judiciously oaked Chardonnay. Of course, the loser here is the lobster!

500 cases produced. The winery tech sheet cellaring potential is 7-10 years. I am not sure I agree cellaring for this length of time is warranted given a less than stellar vintage year. I would say drink before 2023.

A very good effort considering 2019 wasn’t exactly the best vintage year in the Okanagan.

The McLean Creek Road Vineyard is located in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia with the soil comprised of alluvial and glacial deposits making up a mix of gravel and sandy loams.

This is also a good sipping wine.

Check out MFV’s website at www.mfvwines.com and call at 250.497.8553 for shipping details.

(Meyer Family Vineyards Okanagan Valley 2019 Okanagan Falls, McLean Creek Road Vineyard, BC VQA, Meyer Family Vineyards, Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, $ 30.52, 750 mL, 13.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 92/100).

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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