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Micro Cuvée Chardonnay 2017

92 Points, Treve Ring, Gismondi on Wine

"... From a selection of early pressings, the must was fermented cool and long in stainless before transferring to French oak (22 percent new) where it remained on lees for 11 months, sans battonage and with MLF. Tight lemon drives though stone, lees, meadow herbs, ripe pear and fine spice, drawing the palate long to the lingering finish. There's a vibrancy that lifts this wine, skipping it along to a snappy end. Much mellower than last year at this youthful age. Classic Meyer, and archetype Naramata." Tasted Apr 1, 2019

Due to low quantities available, 4-bottle maximum per order. 


  • Alcohol 13.5%
  • Acidity 7.2 g/L
  • Appellation Naramata
  • ph 3.52
  • Region Okanagan Valley
  • Type White
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Vineyard Old Main Road Vineyard
  • Vintage 2017
  • Winemaker Chris Carson
  • Notes

    Winemaker Notes

    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 most of the ferment. The must was then transferred to 100% French oak (22% new). The wine was left “sur lees” for 11 months without battonage. A natural malolactic fermentation occurred in late spring. The Micro Cuvée is only produced in the vintages we believe to be worthy. We individually taste and select barrels that we feel stand out; one new French oak puncheon from the Tronçais forest and one one-year old puncheon from the Vosges forest were selected. In keeping with our philosophy to maintain as much as possible a hands-off approach in the cellar to allow the true expression of the terroir this wine is unfined and unfiltered. 

    Vineyard Notes

    Our estate-operated “Old Main Road Vineyard” is located on a terrace on the famed Naramata Bench. The vineyard is within the sub-geographical indication (sub-Gi) which was designated in 2019 and recognized as being geologically unique in the production of wine grapes. It was originally planted in 1996 with 100% Chardonnay vines and has a gentle northerly aspect with the soil comprised of alluvial deposits making up a silt loam overlaying a clay loam. The northerly aspects of the vineyard cause the vines to slowly ripen the fruit producing a greater spectrum of flavor while still retaining a good level of acidity and minerality.

    Production Notes

    110 cases produced.