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Meyer Plows Ahead in a Tough 2018 Vintage Year; Okanagan Valley 2018 Chardonnay is a Humdinger!

In my review of the Meyer Family Vineyards 2018 Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer I explained 2018 wasn’t a great year for grapes.

How did the 2018 Okanagan Valley Chardonnay emerge?

Pale gold in colour.

On the nose lime, lemon, honeysuckle with a touch of lemon meringue pie.

On the palate nicely assertive and none of that finnicky acid I noticed in the 18 Pinot Noir. Sweet white grapefruit, lime, lemon, custard and a hint of older oak. Yes it spent some time in seasoned French oak giving it a sophisticated touch. It may have been a crappy year but it hasn’t detracted at all from this high-class Chardonnay. Highly drinkable and enjoyable on its own or with food. Hard to believe but sometimes crappy conditions can make for good wine in the right winemaker’s hand. A short finish. I would think chicken or veal or for vegheads an arugula and pine nut toasted pasta with lots of local sweet garlic.

You might call it a bit barren but I’ll say simplistic beauty.

The wine is a blend of grapes from 4 vineyards. 1,600 cases produced. The Vineyard says drink through 2023 and I will agree with that. It also says the 4 vineyards produce “a precise wine with elegance, finesse and length”.

Yes I will reveal my Boomer roots and say this wine is a humdinger considering a “shitty year”

(Meyer Family Vineyards 2018 Okanagan Valley Chardonnay, British Columbia VQA, Meyer Family Vineyards, Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, $17.49, 750 mL, 13%, Set The Bar Rating 90/100).

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