In terms of Canadian wine from where I sit Ontario is touted as a wonderful “Cold Climate” Chardonnay producer. While I would not call the Okanagan in British Columbia “cold climate” I would say guys muscle into any claims that Ontario makes a superior Chardonnay. The Okanagan Chards I have tasted can kick butt to Burgundian and Niagara and Prince Edward County Chards.
Meyer Family Vineyards over the past few years I have reviewed them have a small but impressive portfolio of Chards which for the fraction of the price can surpass Burgundian Chards from whatever obscure and venerated village they are from. Burgundy is not godliness.
We try a Meyer Family Vineyards (MFV) 2020 McLean Creek Road Vineyard Chardonnay from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.
On the nose this medium golden coloured Chard has really outdone itself! On the nose it is somewhat similar to the 18’s and 19’s but much more intense and powerful. A rip-roaring 20’s nose of apple, pear, quince jam, pineapple, Orri tangerines and Ataulfo mangoes. No it is not unlawful and careening out of control but confident and full of joy.
On the palate it’s long creamy finish attests to the excellent vintage. The acids are subsumed perfectly by some tighter fruit than is on its nose. It has initially a nondescript finish that rises its head like a “Boardwalk Empire” whisky hijacking catching you by surprise a few seconds after it is down the hatch. The finish is silky and long. The palate has loads of peach, mango, pineapple and pear galette.
Not that I can remember all the MFV Chards this is really the best.
It is lively without being garish. It is distinguished. It has class. It’s a modern Chardonnay miracle and should be inflated and be a float at the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade in New York!
It is a wonderful wine to sip on its own. As for food I don’t think it has enough oak to accompany simply prepared crab and lobster in a garlic butter sauce. But for a shrimp/clam linguine loaded with garlic, white wine and parsley you’ll be in heaven and with a couple of glasses you might be toasting Bill Bennett!
Perhaps we are breaking free from COVID and can think of having unmasked villains over for a New Year’s Eve Seafood Dinner. Screw open a bottle of this for your garlic contaminated shrimp or clam linguine and your reservation for a New Year’s Dinner in the great beyond will be confirmed!
MFV have you outdone yourself? Suspicious Chard drinkers like myself are clamouring to charge the Okanagan bound Kabul jet to set up refugee camps in Kelowna to demand access to healthcare and MFV wines! Not wanting to bore you this was an excellent vintage comparable to the 2016 vintage.
And the price for this beauty is $30.43 Sometimes I say buy by the case. If you are loaded with COVID savings and want to help the economy of Canada this wine is a multiple case buy assuming of course if you love Chardonnay unlike me as poor pensioner making no money from wine reviews. While Canadian journalism sucks this wine jumps up and is ready for the ball dropping at midnight to welcome in the New Year.
The winery suggests cellaring for 7 to 10 years. But with such an excellent wine that is risky. I would respectfully say drink NOW until 2025. After that as a lawyer I say caveat emptor.
Not wanting to bore you with technical details the wine was fermented in 100% French Oak for 11 months of which 22% was new but as I tasted the wine the oak is way in the background. This may be a plus if you are an ABC person (Anything But Chardonnay) spawned by over oaked Chardonnays mushrooming from the 1980’s but on rapid decline in this decade.
Interested in ordering? Check out their website at https://mfvwines.com/
(Meyer Family Vineyards McClean Creek Road Vineyards Chardonnay, Meyer Family Vineyards, Okanagan Falls, British Columbia VQA, $30.43 (pre-tax), 750 mL, 13.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 93/100).