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Poplar Grove Winery is located on the slopes of the Naramata Bench, a premier wine growing area just outside Penticton, British Columbia. One of the original five wineries on the Naramata Bench, Poplar Grove was founded in 1993. Tony Holler purchased Poplar Grove and became the winery president in 2007. Tony’s wife, Barbara Holler, owns and operates the Holler’s 100 acres of estate vineyards allowing Poplar Grove wines to be made from 100% estate grown grapes. Their sons, Matthew and...
Brilliant lemon in colour with luscious aromas of honey suckle, orange blossom and stone fruits. Flavours of nectarine and apricot carry through on the first sip, while tropical notes of pineapple, guava and citrus linger on the palate. Finishes long with a bright minerality.
Overall, the 2016 growing season was long, weathered and embraced by the team. The extended fall season was instrumental in preparing the vines to survive what was to be the coldest winter the Okanagan Valley has seen in 50 years. The slow cooling process throughout fall allowed the vines time to enter a gradual dormancy, turn woody and store their reserves for hibernation to thrive again come spring 2017. The winemaking team are grateful for the persistence and patience of the vineyard crew and Mother Nature, which resulted in yet another fantastic vintage.
The fruit was pressed after three hours of skin contact to extract additional aromatics and fermented cold to preserve the signature fruit flavours. The various parcels of juice were inoculated with three different yeast cultures in order to allow complexity and mouth-feel to develop without over-manipulation. The final Pinot Gris blend was created to bring the most balanced profile of acidity, aromatics, and natural sweetness on the palate.
- 91 Points -
Dj Kearney, June 2017
Poplar Grove has always had a high reputation for pinot gris. With its lemony colour, delightful lemon curd aromas, and mouthfilling flavour, the 2016 shows why. On the palate it is minerally and herbal, with an appealing briney oyster shell character that adds complexity in a very satisfyingly finish.See detailed press review
- Best Pinot Gris -
May 2017See detailed press review