NEW! Meyer Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, Canada 2014

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NEW! Meyer Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, Canada 2014

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This is the first Canadian Pinot Noir we have ever offered and if this is the promise of things to come, then we can't wait to see what else the Canadians have so rudely been hiding from us. A sceptic might think that we are simply touting this wine to show the diversity of our range ahead of any inherent quality considerations, but this is anything but a gimmick. It’s a really delicious Pinot Noir made by a small family estate with serious ambitions and you don’t have to make any ‘allowances’ for the fact that it’s Canadian. It’s just plain brilliant!

In terms of style, it's slightly closer to a Central Otago Pinot Noir than a red Burgundy, thanks to its extrovertly ripe cherry and strawberry/raspberry fruit laced with many of the aromatic ‘extras’ that turn a Pinot Noir from good to great. Seek and you may find hints of orange peel, rosehip, rhubarb fool, betel nut, dried aromatic bark… a mouth-watering combination of juiciness and savoury complexity. 

 It rejects the 'less-is-more' philosophy in favour of the 'if-less-is-more-then-think-how-much-more-more-would-be' philosophy, taking all of the joy that great Pinot Noir has in its locker and letting it all flood out. If you want to convince someone that wine is meant to be a sensual pleasure, not an intellectual exercise, then this is the wine to give them. A real treat for the senses. 13.5% alc. Drink now-2022.

Meyer Family Vineyards…

Situated just a few miles north of the US border with Washington State and about 150 miles north of the more celebrated Pinot Noir-producing state of Oregon, Meyer Family Vineyards are based just outside the small town of Okanagan Falls in British Columbia. The wines are made by the hugely talented Chris Carson, who has been around the block a few times, to say the least, having previously worked at Calera, one of California’s most lauded Pinot Noir specialists, as well as at two of New Zealand’s top estates, Akarua and Rippon, not to mention a stint at Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot in Burgundy. He also hit the headlines when his ‘Highgate Pinot Noir’ won the Trophy for Best Pinot Noir at the Sydney International Wine Competition. I think it would be fair to say that he is obsessed with Pinot Noir.

Chris hand-picks all the fruit (not by himself, I should add) and works with small batches, to give him a deeper understanding of the differences between the various plots, vinifying each batch separately before blending (or not in the case of the ‘single vineyard’ cuvées). He is as ‘hands-on’ in the vineyard as he is ‘hands-off’ in the winery, making sure the fruit reaches the press in the best possible condition, but becoming little more than a shepherd from that point on.

Press reviews:

Jancis (Tamlyn Currin): "Slightly stinky to begin with, but the palate immediately leaves that behind with an explosion of cranberry sweetness and a wash of sharply etched acidity. Mouth-watering, alive, crackling. Savoury, softer notes of sous bois on the finish. Gentle tannic pull. Not burgundy, but then why should it be? Drink 2016-2020." 16.5 points

Customer Comments:

"Drank the first bottle two days ago. Lovely." - Mr T.D., April 2017

"Matches any Pinot Noir I've tasted!" - Mr J.B., - April 2017

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