2011 Tribute Series Chardonnay

2011 Tribute Series Chardonnay

Old Main Rd Vineyard, Naramata Bench

Supporting Canadian Achievment

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VARIETAL: Chardonnay

ALCOHOL: 13.50%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

Silver Award, National Wine Awards of Canada 2013 

91 points, Liam Carrier, IconScores.ca

Reviews:

Silver Award, National Wine Awards of Canada 2013

“A golden-hued Chardonnay from Naramata Bench which offers delightful pear, apple, vanilla and lightly toasted oak aromas on the pleasant nose but this wine is really all about the engaging palate which playfully attacks your mouth from multiple angles. There’s the great leesy-fullness and MLF flavours to satisfy your craving for richness and there’s the cool mineral and citrus acidity characters that satisfy the your craving for refreshment.” 91 points, Liam Carrier, IconScores.ca

Why We're Drinking It:

The Tribute Series is a dedication to a Canadian for an outstanding achievement in their field. Each year, the Meyer Family will donate $5,000 toward a non-for profit foundation, endowment or scholarship as a way of encouraging or honoring the legacies of these Canadians.

Winnifred Mary Stewart founded the first school in western Canada for children with developmental disabilities in 1953. In 2013 the Winnifred Stewart Association which she created will celebrate its 60th Anniversary. Winnifred’s journey and perseverance care and compassion continues to touch the lives of many today.

THE TERROIR
Our family owned “Old Main Road Vineyard” is located on a terrace on the famed Naramata Bench, BC. The vineyard has a gentle northerly aspect with the soil comprised of alluvial deposits making up a silt loam overlaying a clay loam. The fifteen year old vineyard is planted 100% with Chardonnay vines. The northerly aspects of the vineyard causes the vines to slowly ripen the fruit producing a greater spectrum of flavor while still retaining a good level of acidity and minerality.

WINEMAKING
At the winery the fruit was fed directly into the press with an ensuing long gentle pressing employed. Only the finest, purest juice from the early stages of the pressing was used for this wine with the more astringent so called “hard press” kept separate. A long cool fermentation began in stainless steel vessels where it remained for the majority of the ferment. The must was then transferred to 100% French oak (33% new) to complete fermentation. The wine was left “sur lees” for 10 months without battonage. 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; we harvested 4 tonne/acre from Old Main Road. From the start of verasion in mid August til the end of September the weather was find 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 fresh, crisp flavours of yellow and white citrus and orchard fruits. 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 on the 24th of October and the 1st and 2nd of November with the fruit in excellent condition with some botrytis infection (roughly 5%) and excellent balance of sugars, acidity and pure flavours which Chardonnay is known for producing.

394 Cases produced

Tasting Notes:

Fresh, crisp flavours of yellow and white citrus, stone fruit and orchard fruits.

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:

Seafood, heavy cream based pastas with white or rich sauces, pork.

The Tribute Series is a dedication to a Canadian for an outstanding achievement in their field. Each year, the Meyer Family will donate $5,000 toward a non-for profit foundation, endowment or scholarship as a way of encouraging or honoring the legacies of these Canadians.

Winnifred Mary Stewart founded the first school in western Canada for children with developmental disabilities in 1953. In 2013 the Winnifred Stewart Association which she created will celebrate its 60th Anniversary. Winnifred’s journey and perseverance care and compassion continues to touch the lives of many today.

THE TERROIR
Our family owned “Old Main Road Vineyard” is located on a terrace on the famed Naramata Bench, BC. The vineyard has a gentle northerly aspect with the soil comprised of alluvial deposits making up a silt loam overlaying a clay loam. The fifteen year old vineyard is planted 100% with Chardonnay vines. The northerly aspects of the vineyard causes the vines to slowly ripen the fruit producing a greater spectrum of flavor while still retaining a good level of acidity and minerality.

WINEMAKING
At the winery the fruit was fed directly into the press with an ensuing long gentle pressing employed. Only the finest, purest juice from the early stages of the pressing was used for this wine with the more astringent so called “hard press” kept separate. A long cool fermentation began in stainless steel vessels where it remained for the majority of the ferment. The must was then transferred to 100% French oak (33% new) to complete fermentation. The wine was left “sur lees” for 10 months without battonage. 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; we harvested 4 tonne/acre from Old Main Road. From the start of verasion in mid August til the end of September the weather was find 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 fresh, crisp flavours of yellow and white citrus and orchard fruits. 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 on the 24th of October and the 1st and 2nd of November with the fruit in excellent condition with some botrytis infection (roughly 5%) and excellent balance of sugars, acidity and pure flavours which Chardonnay is known for producing.

394 Cases produced

Silver Award, National Wine Awards of Canada 2013

“A golden-hued Chardonnay from Naramata Bench which offers delightful pear, apple, vanilla and lightly toasted oak aromas on the pleasant nose but this wine is really all about the engaging palate which playfully attacks your mouth from multiple angles. There’s the great leesy-fullness and MLF flavours to satisfy your craving for richness and there’s the cool mineral and citrus acidity characters that satisfy the your craving for refreshment.” 91 points, Liam Carrier, IconScores.ca

Silver Award, National Wine Awards of Canada 2013 

91 points, Liam Carrier, IconScores.ca

Fresh, crisp flavours of yellow and white citrus, stone fruit and orchard fruits.

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

Seafood, heavy cream based pastas with white or rich sauces, pork.