Sparkling Extra Brut 2016
Wine Club Exclusive
September 15th, 2016
TA 10 g/l
Pale gold in colour. Aromas of pear and warm honey with hints of lemon peel. Vibrant notes of yellow apple and stone fruits. Delicate bubbles on the palate with a finish that offers lingering mineral and buttered toast notes. The result is an elegant bubbly that will get the festivities started.
In 2016, spring arrived very early and warm, with bud break four weeks ahead of normal. A late April snowstorm in South Osoyoos took the thriving vines by surprise, destroying a tiny fraction of our petit verdot vineyards. The summer that followed turned out to be wetter and cooler than expected, which slowed fruit development and forced increased vineyard management. Luckily, the long, warm fall season that saw a gradual cool down in temperature week after week, gave the grapes extra time to achieve full ripeness and flavour characteristics. The extended fall season was instrumental in preparing the vines to survive what was to be the coldest winter the Okanagan Valley has seen in 50 years. The slow cooling process throughout fall allowed the vines time to enter a gradual dormancy, turn woody and store their reserves for hibernation. Overall, the 2016 growing season was long, weathered and embraced by the team. We are grateful for the persistence and patience of the vineyard crew and Mother Nature, which resulted in yet another fantastic vintage.
Lovingly handpicked by our owners, Tony and Barb Holler, from their home estate vineyard, this is the third 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 in the cellar.
This wine can be enjoyed now. Drink before the year ending 2026.