RKS Wine: The Okanagan’s Meyer Family Vineyards 2020 Micro Cuvée Chardonnay

Meyer Family Vineyards in British Columbia’s Okanagan is a bit of Burgundy in British Columbia with its winning ways producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir not to mention a wickedly delicious Gewurtz! I mean give MFV another decade and my successor may be saying in France that Burgundy is a bit of British Columbia in France! Global warming.

We try their Micro Cuvée 2020 Chardonnay.

It has a light gold colour. As for aromatics there is some French oak on the nose but it is restrained to avoid attack by the ABC movement (Anything But Chardonnay). Interspersed amongst the oak there are gentle and subtle aromatics of pear, apple, pineapple and a tad of lemon meringue pie.

On the palate what happened to the gentleness? Yes it seems we have a gentle giant with a finish that simply doesn’t want to return home along the Old Main Road.  Initially you are waiting for the fruit to land and it takes about two seconds and it mushrooms with waves of apple, pear and pineapple with a hot finish. If you like a discreet, disciplined and powerful Chardonnay look no further and I mean that to say why bother looking at Burgundy? With MFV Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays I am thinking of starting a new movement ABF (Anything But France).

A mere 200 cases produced and it is going to be snapped up quicker than a hundred-dollar bill on the sidewalk in front of you. The initial fermentation was in stainless steel with the must then being transferred to 100% French Oak (40% new).

Yet another solid effort from winemaker Chris Carson.

(Meyer Family Vineyards 2020 Micro Cuvée Okanagan Valley Naramata Bench Old Main Road. Vineyard, BC VQA, $60.87, 750 mL, 13.5%, Meyer Family Vineyards, Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, RKS Wine Rating 94/100).

No when it comes to price this isn’t inexpensive. It is sort of equivalent to a bottle of champagne. But in my humble opinion perhaps you should treat yourself. I like this gentle giant as it is today but it will improve with the right cellaring for a few years until 2026 and hold its own until 2028.

Given its limited production perhaps it is best to order from the winery at www.mfvwines.com

Pair with Eggplant and Zucchini Pasta with Feta and Dill (New York Times Recipe)

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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