Hues of black cherries and deep raspberry splash into the glass. Our 2014 Malbec delivers pleasing
aromas of plum, thyme, and iris blossoms. Raspberries and sage command the palate. Elements of espresso round the finish, providing a balanced, well-integrated varietal representation.
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 budburst 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.
The Malbec is grown and harvested from our Naramata Bench vineyards. The bunches were hand-picked & sorted in the vineyard. After destemming, the berries were sorted again to ensure that only perfect fruit was included in the ferment. The berries were crushed and cold soaked for three days. During fermentation the wine was pumped over twice daily to ensure proper tannin and colour extraction. Post fermentation, the caps were kept moist for a further 7 - 10 days before being pressed into barrel. Malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel over the Winter & nished in the Spring of the following year. The wine was then aged 21 months in 15% new French oak and a combination of one and two use barrels. The wine was further aged in the bottle for an additional 34 months in our cellar prior to release. This Malbec was held for an exclusive release to Poplar Grove’s Wine Club members only.
Ready upon release or cellar up to 10 years.