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Poplar Grove Winery

Pinot Gris Viognier 2015

Pinot Gris Viognier 2015
Wine Club Price $19.49
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Wine Profile

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Pale straw in colour. This white blend captures the unique aromas of each component bringing together an enticing bouquet of pear, lemongrass & jasmine, with characteristic green apple & honey suckle and scents of fresh spring ferns. Apricots and tangerine oranges burst through on the first sip. Strong tropical notes of grapefruit, honey dew and pineapple infuse the palate with bright acidity. The wine finishes silky smooth and has a pleasant lingering minerality.
Vineyard Notes
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 our 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 vigour 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. We started our harvest 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.
Winemaker Notes
Our Pinot Gris and Viognier were hand harvested from our Naramata and Osoyoos vineyards. The fruit for this wine was pressed and fermented separately at cold temperatures to retain crisp freshness. 65% of the grapes were grown in our Naramata Vineyards and the other 35% grown in our Osoyoos vineyards. The blend of Pinot Gris and Viognier was specically chosen for each grapes unique characteristics. The Pinot Gris brings bright acidity and balance, while the Viognier lends beautiful aromatics and weight to the palate. The blend was then arrested towards the end of ferment to retain the natural sweetness of the wine.
Other Notes
Cellaring Notes: The Pinot Gris Viognier 2015 is ready and produced to be enjoyed upon release.

Wine Specs

Wine Specs
Pinot Gris
Okanagan Valley
Harvest Date
September 13 to October 8 2015
2.05 g/l
5.9 g/l
Alcohol %