Sparkling Extra Brut 2014
Our first sparkling wine
Wine Club Price $31.23
Poplar Grove’s first release of sparkling wine. The Extra Brut presents golden yellow in colour, and has a traditionally bready nose like that of freshly baked brioche combined with the strong scent of golden delicious apples. Lively citrus acidity and delicate bubbles caress the palate while stone fruit flavours add freshness. It finishes with lingering mineral and almond notes. The result is a tantalizing and fine bubbly that will surely result in enjoyment!
2014 was a stellar year for grape growth in the Okanagan Valley. Due to the warm winter and early spring temperature, we welcomed a very early bud burst that was recorded three weeks ahead of the normal average. In May, we saw rapid growth in the vineyards that did not let up until early August. This ample growing season gave the vineyard crews plenty of time to keep the vines trimmed and thinned to let enough sun and air reach the ripening clusters. Within a three week time frame, all of the estate vines showed great fruit-set and veraison. This short veraison window ensured even ripening of the fruit-set which resulted in the fruit reaching perfect balance in sugar, acid and phenolic composition leading to spectacular flavours. Once fruit selection finished and the vineyard nets were put up, the Poplar Grove crew waited three weeks before ramping up for harvest. In summary, 2014 was warm, lengthy and balanced with a mighty fine finish at the end.
Lovingly handpicked by our owner, Tony Holler, from his home estate vineyard, this is the first traditional method sparkling wine Poplar Grove Winery has produced. Comprised of 100% single vineyard estate grown chardonnay, strategically picked early to be developed into a dry & crisp bubbly. Primary fermentation was completed in 100% stainless steel. The chardonnay was then bottled, crown capped and laid horizontally in cages to undergo en tirage for 24 months. Once secondary fermentation was completed, the brut was left to rest on its lees to develop its classic bready characteristic. The wines were disgorged and final dosage assembled after numerous taste tests to determine the best liqueur d’expédition. This wine has developed beautifully in bottle and holds moderate acidity allowing it to be enjoyed now or laid down and enjoyed over the next 1 – 2 years.
This wine can be enjoyed now. Drink before the year ending 2019.