Sparkling Extra Brut 2015
A very limited quantity is available.
Member Price $35.14
August 27th, 2015
The Extra Brut presents pale golden yellow in colour. Crisp pear, hints of lemon peel, and warm honey present on the nose. Fresh and vibrant notes of crabapple and delicate bubbles of stone fruit. The Extra Brut finishes with lingering mineral and buttered toast notes. The result is a tantalizing and elegant bubbly that will undoubtedly result in enjoyment!
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.
Lovingly handpicked by our owners, Tony and Barb Holler, from their home estate vineyard, this is the second vintage 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 2022.