Meyer Chardonnay Tribute Series
We produced 640 cases of this Chardonnay from our estate vineyard on Old Main Road in Naramata, BC.
This year we pay tribute to Gordon Appelbe Smith, CM , OBC., a cornerstone in the history of Modernist painting in Canada. At age 100, Smith's creativity continues to enrich all, not only through his artistic contributions, but also through his mentoring and generosity to others.
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) to complete fermentation. The wine was left “sur lees” for 11 months without battonage. A natural malolactic fermentation occurred in late spring. 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.