Sparkling Extra Brut 2017
Wine Club Exclusive
September 22, 2017
TA 8.7 g/l
This wine can be enjoyed now. Drink before the year ending 2027.
Pale gold in colour. Aromas of Meyer lemon and marzipan with subtle notes of brioche. Vibrant notes of pear and stone fruits on the palate. Bright acidity with a fine mousse, and lingering flavours of freshly harvested hay.
A cold Canadian winter, unusually wet spring, and dry summer yielded wines with excellent balance and distinct varietal flavours. Crops were lighter than normal, but the vintage will be remembered for unprecedented flood and drought conditions, and a persistent haze from nearby forest fires. While not directly affecting our grape-growing areas, the haze blanketed the sun coverage, preventing the customary heat spikes and positively impacted the growing season by slowing down the grape ripening periods and flavour development. Ripening was assisted by the rigorous leaf plucking and bunch thinning of our dogged, never-say-die vineyard crew. Ultimately, slightly lower yields and phenomenal fruit quality delivered an excellent 2017 vintage, characterized by high flavour concentration, moderate alcohol, balanced tannins, complexity and natural acidity.
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.