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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...
White gold honey in colour with vibrant aromas of white peaches and apricots. The first sip brings flavours of sun-ripened nectarines & ripe pears. The finish lingers with Granny Smith apples and freshly picked apricots. Balanced acidity and refreshing minerality arrive on the finish. Poplar Grove Pinot Gris is simply the best of the Okanagan Summer in a glass.
2015 was another fantastic year for Viticulture in the Okanagan. Winter ended early giving the grapes a head start and a longer growing season than expected. Spring had hotter than average temperatures, reminiscent of the record breaking 1998 season. This translated into first bud break happening at the beginning of April. Summer was a hot one! June saw record breaking temperatures, about 30% hotter than the 1998 season. With these temperatures, the vineyard team gave priority to controlling vine vigor and closely monitoring and managing soil moisture levels. The jump start in June put the grapes about 3 weeks ahead of schedule in terms of growth. Harvest started with Chardonnay in mid-August. The last week of August brought the first major hurdle for 2015: heavy smoke hung in the Okanagan Valley due to large forest fires burning in the South (most dramatically in Oliver/Osoyoos). Smoke cooled the valley and slowed growth due to photosynthetic debilitation, giving the grapes the opportunity to slow sugar production and develop flavour characteristics and tannin. Safe and sound: there was no smoke taint detected in any of the berries. The remaining fruit was harvested by mid-October. In summary, 2015 was one of the best harvests on record: long and hot with just a touch of Summer rain on the finish.
- 91 Points -
Daenna Van Mulligen, November 2016
Expressive, concentrated, zesty.
A perennial BC favourite, this expressive Pinot Gris offers Asian pears, guava, tangerine, citrus blossoms and honey on the nose. It also boasts excellent concentration, a slick texture and a spicy zesty palate with loads of creamy white fruit followed by a citrus-driven finish. Pair with oily fish, white meats or creamy mushroom polenta.
- SILVER - San Francisco International Wine Awards -
June 2016See detailed press review
Rhys Pender, July 2016
Zest, pear, honeydew melon and some peach. The palate is fresh, dry, lively and juicy with pear, apple and lots of citrus freshness with a slight floral rose petal note on the finish. Good length, a nice example of BC Pinot Gris.See detailed press review
Anthony Gismondi, October 2016
Another super ripe version of pinot gris - a style that dominates the 2015's in BC. Almost all Naramata fruit (96 percent), with four percent out of Osoyoos. Honey and ripe nectarines dominate the palate, finishing without the usual minerality and acidity seen in this wine. Ripe, round and friendly, best served chilled with spicy appetizers that can take on the sweetness.See detailed press review