2011 McLean Creek Road Pinot Noir

2011 McLean Creek Road Pinot Noir

McLean Creek Rd, Okanagan Falls

Critically Acclaimed

$40.00 Quantity

VARIETAL: Pinot Noir

ALCOHOL: 13.50%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

Silver Award, National Wine Awards of Canada 2013

Judges Choice, Margaret Swaine, National Wine Awards of Canada 2013

92 Pinot Report

92 points, David Lawrason, Toronto Life Magazine 

91 points, Liam Carrier, IconScores.ca

Reviews:

“Quality lives in the details of a wine and the Mclean Creek Pinot Noir fulfills this promise admirably. Impressively round and ripe with concentrated raspberry and plum fruit aromas supported by rich cedar, cooking spice and mineral notes. The palate is equally rich with an initial bright red fruit entry followed by silky-smooth, light tannins and an intense, long finish of raspberry puree and toasted French oak flavours.” 91 points, Liam Carrier, IconScores.ca

"Medium-deep ruby color; complex, earthy, barnyardy aromas with some cherry notes; deep, stewed cherry flavors with complex earthy and herbal notes; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, complex Pinot with nicely layered flavors." - Pinot Report, 92 Points

Why We're Drinking It:

THE TERROIR
Our family owned “Mclean Creek Road Vineyard” is located in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia. The vineyard has a predominantly steep southerly aspect with the soil comprised of alluvial and glacial deposits making up a mix of gravelly and sandy loams. The Pinot Noir blocks are planted with five different French Pommard and Dijon clones and are planted in three distinct blocks on the 16 acre property. The largest of these blocks has a steep southerly aspect to capture the full range of the sun, the second block has a gently sloping westerly aspect giving a slightly higher temperature from the afternoon sun, the third and coolest of the blocks has a gentle northwest aspect. Our philosophy is to manage each block separately by hand using organic principles and practice precision viticulture which treats each vine individually. We hope you enjoy this expression of the Meyer Family Vineyards terroir.

WINEMAKING
At the winery the fruit was gently de-stemmed with 15% left whole cluster. It was then gravity fed into small open top fermenters and allowed to cold soak. After cold soaking, a mix of indigenous and cultured yeast was employed to carry out a long fermentation peaking at 300C, gentle hand plunging of the must was done throughout. After a post-maceration period and a gentle pressing the wine was transferred to 100% French oak barrels (33% new) where it remained for 10 months. A natural malo-lactic fermentation occurred in late spring.

THE VINTAGE
2011 was another challenging vintage for the Okanagan as it was in 2010, a cool wet spring with unsettled cooler weather until mid-August. We did however have a moderately warm somewhat calm spell of weather through flowering which gave us an excellent fruit set which led to fuller bunches; though after considerable fruit thinning we harvested 2 tonne/acre of Pinot Noir from “Mclean Creek Road”. From the start of veraison in mid-August till the end of September the weather was fine with daytime temperatures in the mid to high twenties, higher night-time temperatures in September also led to lower acid levels in 2011. Like 2010, the wonderful conditions in September gave us slower ripening producing broader varietal Pinot Noir flavours. Unlike 2010 though, we had a turn of bad weather for most of October, with stormy cold fronts and some rain. This had us a little nervous due to possible disease pressure from botrytis and having to harvest earlier than expected. With good fortune on our side we hand harvested from the 13th through till the 21st of October with the fruit in excellent condition with what little botrytis infection there was being cut out at harvest.

Harvest fruit parameters, 23-24.5 brix, TA 7.4 – 9 g/L, pH 3.37
Parameters at bottling, Alc% 13.5, TA 5.9 g/L, pH 3.74

323 CASES PRODUCED

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of spice, pepper and dried herbs. Earthy notes with a subtle hint of strawberries and raspberries.

The Story to Know:

After a decision to change careers and enter the wine world we spent three years searching for the perfect vineyard site in the Okanagan Valley.

In 2006 Janice and I purchased a small 1.62 HECTARE vineyard on the Naramata bench. In late 2008 we purchased a 6.9 HECTARE property in Okanagan Falls. We hired the best winemaker and viticulturists and focus on small lot single vineyard wines of excellence in the traditions of Burgundy.

In our small vineyards, where we produce less than 3000 cases from mature 14 year old vines, we strive to produce the finest wines possible.

I hope you enjoy our wines as much as we enjoyed making them

Sincerely,
Jak Meyer and Janice Stevens

Perfect Pairings:

Salmon, pasta, stew, sausage, duck con-fit, meatballs, mushroom risotto.

THE TERROIR
Our family owned “Mclean Creek Road Vineyard” is located in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia. The vineyard has a predominantly steep southerly aspect with the soil comprised of alluvial and glacial deposits making up a mix of gravelly and sandy loams. The Pinot Noir blocks are planted with five different French Pommard and Dijon clones and are planted in three distinct blocks on the 16 acre property. The largest of these blocks has a steep southerly aspect to capture the full range of the sun, the second block has a gently sloping westerly aspect giving a slightly higher temperature from the afternoon sun, the third and coolest of the blocks has a gentle northwest aspect. Our philosophy is to manage each block separately by hand using organic principles and practice precision viticulture which treats each vine individually. We hope you enjoy this expression of the Meyer Family Vineyards terroir.

WINEMAKING
At the winery the fruit was gently de-stemmed with 15% left whole cluster. It was then gravity fed into small open top fermenters and allowed to cold soak. After cold soaking, a mix of indigenous and cultured yeast was employed to carry out a long fermentation peaking at 300C, gentle hand plunging of the must was done throughout. After a post-maceration period and a gentle pressing the wine was transferred to 100% French oak barrels (33% new) where it remained for 10 months. A natural malo-lactic fermentation occurred in late spring.

THE VINTAGE
2011 was another challenging vintage for the Okanagan as it was in 2010, a cool wet spring with unsettled cooler weather until mid-August. We did however have a moderately warm somewhat calm spell of weather through flowering which gave us an excellent fruit set which led to fuller bunches; though after considerable fruit thinning we harvested 2 tonne/acre of Pinot Noir from “Mclean Creek Road”. From the start of veraison in mid-August till the end of September the weather was fine with daytime temperatures in the mid to high twenties, higher night-time temperatures in September also led to lower acid levels in 2011. Like 2010, the wonderful conditions in September gave us slower ripening producing broader varietal Pinot Noir flavours. Unlike 2010 though, we had a turn of bad weather for most of October, with stormy cold fronts and some rain. This had us a little nervous due to possible disease pressure from botrytis and having to harvest earlier than expected. With good fortune on our side we hand harvested from the 13th through till the 21st of October with the fruit in excellent condition with what little botrytis infection there was being cut out at harvest.

Harvest fruit parameters, 23-24.5 brix, TA 7.4 – 9 g/L, pH 3.37
Parameters at bottling, Alc% 13.5, TA 5.9 g/L, pH 3.74

323 CASES PRODUCED

“Quality lives in the details of a wine and the Mclean Creek Pinot Noir fulfills this promise admirably. Impressively round and ripe with concentrated raspberry and plum fruit aromas supported by rich cedar, cooking spice and mineral notes. The palate is equally rich with an initial bright red fruit entry followed by silky-smooth, light tannins and an intense, long finish of raspberry puree and toasted French oak flavours.” 91 points, Liam Carrier, IconScores.ca

"Medium-deep ruby color; complex, earthy, barnyardy aromas with some cherry notes; deep, stewed cherry flavors with complex earthy and herbal notes; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, complex Pinot with nicely layered flavors." - Pinot Report, 92 Points

Silver Award, National Wine Awards of Canada 2013

Judges Choice, Margaret Swaine, National Wine Awards of Canada 2013

92 Pinot Report

92 points, David Lawrason, Toronto Life Magazine 

91 points, Liam Carrier, IconScores.ca

Aromas of spice, pepper and dried herbs. Earthy notes with a subtle hint of strawberries and raspberries.

After a decision to change careers and enter the wine world we spent three years searching for the perfect vineyard site in the Okanagan Valley.

In 2006 Janice and I purchased a small 1.62 HECTARE vineyard on the Naramata bench. In late 2008 we purchased a 6.9 HECTARE property in Okanagan Falls. We hired the best winemaker and viticulturists and focus on small lot single vineyard wines of excellence in the traditions of Burgundy.

In our small vineyards, where we produce less than 3000 cases from mature 14 year old vines, we strive to produce the finest wines possible.

I hope you enjoy our wines as much as we enjoyed making them

Sincerely,
Jak Meyer and Janice Stevens

Salmon, pasta, stew, sausage, duck con-fit, meatballs, mushroom risotto.