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Poplar Grove Winery Inc.

425 Middle Bench Road North, V2A 8S5 Penticton, BC
Canada
Telephone +1 250 4939463
Fax +1 250 4939439

This company is co-exhibitor of
Wines of Canada

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Our range of products

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  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.03  wines from North America
  • 01.03.01  wines from Canada
  • 01.03.01.01  wines from British Columbia
  • 01.03.01.01.01  wines from Okanagan Valley

Our products

Product category: wines from Okanagan Valley

Sparkling Extra Brut 2015

Tasting Notes
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!

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.

Production Notes
100% Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes
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.

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Product category: wines from Okanagan Valley

Pinot Gris 2018

Tasting Notes
A pure, clean and widely admired expression of this popular grape. Unoaked to preserve the grape's personality. Juicy and bold with a captivating range of stone fruit that lends finely balanced acidity and layers of cleansing freshness throughout.

Vineyard Notes
The 2018 growing season was similar to 2017. Spring started off slowly and was wetter than average. 2018 found the vineyards two weeks behind our normal bud burst. Once the warmer weather arrived mid-spring, it caused the above average snow levels in the mountains to melt rapidly resulting in another year of flooding. The flooding did not wash any topsoil away and, after a challenging start, the end of spring weather conditions were perfect for an ideal fruit set. Once summer arrived, it was hot and dry which tested our vineyard crews to pay close attention to irrigation regimes and leaf-to-fruit ratios. The vineyards soaked up the summer sunshine; meticulous farming and careful yield management allowed the grapes to fully ripen on the vine. September was wet. After each rainfall, the tractors were driven down the vineyard rows to blow the water off the vines and fruit ensuring there was no opportunity for mold to develop. A beautiful autumn saw the perfect weather to allow the fruit to catch up after a wet September.

Winemaker Notes
Made from 100% Pinot Gris grapes. The fruit was pressed after three hours of skin contact to extract additional aromatics and fermented cold to preserve the signature fruit flavours. The various parcels of juice were inoculated with three different yeast cultures in order to allow complexity and mouth-feel to develop without over manipulation. The final Pinot Gris blend was created to bring the most balanced profile of acidity, aromatics, and natural sweetness on the palate.

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Product category: wines from Okanagan Valley

Late Harvest 2017

Tasting Notes
A light, less-sweet alternative to the classic ice wine, this delicate sipper expresses honey and orange rind on the palate. A touch of sweetness brings forward delicate flavours of baked pear and jasmine.

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Product category: wines from Okanagan Valley

Munson Mountain Pinot Gris 2018

Tasting Notes
A light golden complexion gleams in the glass. This single vineyard Pinot Gris has delicate aromas of honeysuckle and clover. Lovely light acidity and ripe Okanagan peaches play on the palate, giving way to an elegant bright finish. Always a food-friendly wine for summer salads and light fish dishes.

Vineyard Notes
The 2018 growing season was similar to 2017. Spring started off slowly and was wetter than average. 2018 found the vineyards two weeks behind our normal bud burst. Once the warmer weather arrived mid-spring, it caused the above average snow levels in the mountains to melt rapidly resulting in another year of flooding. The flooding did not wash any topsoil away and, after a challenging start, the end of spring weather conditions were perfect for an ideal fruit set. Once summer arrived, it was hot and dry which tested our vineyard crews to pay close attention to irrigation regimes and leaf-to-fruit ratios. The vineyards soaked up the summer sunshine; meticulous farming and careful yield management allowed the grapes to fully ripen on the vine. September was wet. After each rainfall, the tractors were driven down the vineyard rows to blow the water off the vines and fruit ensuring there was no opportunity for mold to develop. A beautiful autumn saw the perfect weather to allow the fruit to catch up after a wet September.

Production Notes
100% Pinot Gris

Winemaker Notes
Pinot Gris grapes were hand harvested on October 6th, 2018 from our Munson Mountain home vineyard at 24° Brix. The grapes were destemmed, crushed, cold-soaked overnight, and then pressed the following day. After two days of settling, the clean must was then racked and inoculated. We allowed the Pinot Gris to complete fermentation to natural dryness. Our Munson Mountain Pinot Gris is a tasty and wonderfully food-friendly wine.

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Rosé 2018

Tasting Notes
Hues of ripe nectarines plunge into the glass. Sultry aromas of fresh strawberries & rhubarb combine with an enticing hint of vanilla. A robust palate of cranberries and snappy citrus notes is well-balanced with delicate floral notes. A flawless summer sipper perfect for enjoying under the sun, on the beach, boat or barbecue.

Vineyard Notes
The 2018 growing season was similar to 2017. Spring started off slowly and was wetter than average. 2018 found the vineyards two weeks behind our normal bud burst. Once the warmer weather arrived mid-spring, it caused the above average snow levels in the mountains to melt rapidly resulting in another year of flooding. The flooding did not wash any topsoil away and, after a challenging start, the end of spring weather conditions were perfect for an ideal fruit set. Once summer arrived, it was hot and dry which tested our vineyard crews to pay close attention to irrigation regimes and leaf-to-fruit ratios. The vineyards soaked up the summer sunshine; meticulous farming and careful yield management allowed the grapes to fully ripen on the vine. September was wet. After each rainfall, the tractors were driven down the vineyard rows to blow the water off the vines and fruit ensuring there was no opportunity for mold to develop. A beautiful autumn saw the perfect weather to allow the fruit to catch up after a wet September.

Winemaker Notes
Merlot and Malbec bunches were hand picked and sorted in the vineyard. The extracted juice from the crushed grapes was left on skins for four hours, then cold settled and fermented at 15ºC to preserve the bright fruit flavours. The yeast consumed most of the grape sugars leaving 1.4 g/l and yielding a wonderfully rich dry rosé.

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Product category: wines from Okanagan Valley

Malbec 2014

Tasting Notes
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.

Vineyard Notes
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.'

Winemaker Notes
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.

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Cabernet Franc 2016

Tasting Notes
A deep ruby hue with a brick rim splashes into the glass. A bouquet of tea leaf, blackberry, and warm caramel envelops the nose. Gentle and refined in its approach, the palate begins with plums and black cherry, finishing with well-balanced oak and well-worn leather.

Vineyard Notes
2016 was a test of patience and persistence in our vineyards, but we embraced the struggle and are proud of the results. Spring arrived very early and warm, with bud break four weeks ahead of normal, putting our vineyard crew into high gear with great anticipation for the growing season ahead. 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 and around the clock weather monitoring. Luckily, our saving grace came with the long, warm fall season that saw a gradual cool down in temperature week after week, thus giving the grapes extra time to achieve full ripeness and flavour characteristics. This extra time gave our production team a chance to plan for the biggest harvest from our vineyards yet! The first handpick was in our Osoyoos vineyards on September 20, 2016 about four weeks later than in 2015. The vineyard crew carefully monitored temperatures and individual vineyard development, and harvested from September through until November 11th, when the cabernet sauvignon was finally picked. The extended fall season was instrumental inpreparing 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 so they can thrive again come spring 2017. 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.

Winemaker Notes
Traditional Bordeaux vinification techniques have been used to create an elegant and age-worthy Cabernet Franc. For each of the component lots, bunches were handpicked and sorted in the vineyard. The berries were crushed separately and cold soaked for two days before fermentation. Malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel over the winter and finished in the spring of the following year. The wines from each vineyard lot were kept separate in 30% new oak and a combination of two to three year old French oak barrels for twenty one months. Our Cabernet Franc was further developed in bottle for twelve months prior to release.

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Legacy 2014 3L

44% Cabernet Franc, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot Deep brick red in colour. The Legacy bouquet delivers alluring aromas of raspberries, fennel, and rose-mary. Black licorice and cassis greet the palate, while lush tannins of marzipan and cocoa develop with each sip. A soft yet structured mouthfeel is complimented with notes of blackberries and leather on the finish. This age-worthy bordeaux inspired blend will become more expressive with time.

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Legacy 2015 New Release

Tasting Notes
Rich intensity begins with deep garnet hues in the glass. Bold aromas of cassis and black cherry arrive rst with a strong and sultry backbone of dark chocolate. Our Legacy’s prominent and considerably big mouthfeel is a culmination of plums, vanilla, and blackberries. With time this wine gains both subtlety and complexity as tannins soften and flavours develop.

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 give priority to controlling vine vigour and closely monitoring and managing soil moisture levels. The jump start in June put the grape 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 photosynthesis 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
The Legacy is a singular wine defined by the sum of its parts. Elegant and refined, the 2015 version marries power and finesse, with serious density and grip. Bordeaux-inspired perhaps, but with the suppleness and freshness that is Next World Okanagan. All component varietals were estate grown and hand-picked for their specific characteristics, then rigorously sorted prior to fermentation and extended macertion. The various lots were aged in 100% traditional French barriques for 21 months before the final blend was assembled, and then matured in-bottle for 2 years prior to release.

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Reserve Chardonnay 2017

Tasting Notes
Our bold Reserve Chardonnay splashes deep gold in the glass. Aromas of ripe nectarines and cantaloupe draw in the senses to further reveal elements of baked pear and caramel. Robust peach, apple, and clove dance on the palate. Ten months in French oak lend baking spice and vanilla characteristics to a long and luxurious finish.

Vineyard Notes
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.

Production Notes
100% Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes
Made from Poplar Grove’s Naramata grown fruit. We began crop thinning of our chardonnay fruit in early July to ensure quality and optimal ripeness of the berries. Our Chardonnay received a full cluster press to preserve aromatics and rich Chardonnay characteristics. The wine was then racked to 228L Burgundy barrels from an exclusive small production cooperage, hand made and toasted. Aged sur lie for 10 months with weekly gentle stirring.

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About us

Company details

Founded in 1993, Poplar Grove Winery is one of the original five wineries on the Naramata Bench. Tony and Barb Holler purchased the winery in 2007 with the long-term vision and commitment to building one of the most respected wine growing estates in Canada. Their sons, Chris, Andrew, Matthew and Eric farm more than 100 acres of estate vineyards with meticulous care. Together, they share a commitment to express the incredible diversity of the Okanagan Valley. The Hollers are leading the journey to put Okanagan Valley wines on the map with an unwavering commitment to traditional farming and winemaking principles. Poplar Grove’s approach to ‘farming wine’ aims to minimize environmental impacts, ensures economic viability and promotes a safe, healthy workplace using environmentally and socially responsible winemaking and growing techniques. These practices value soil health and biodiversity that assure long-term, balanced crops with exceptional fruit quality. An exacting selection policy in the vineyard and the cellars delivers elegant wines of great depth and distinction.

The family is widely recognized for crafting benchmark Pinot Gris and Cabernet Franc as well as multiple varietals and exceptional blends. Their flagship Okanagan blend of red Bordeaux varieties, The Legacy, first produced in 2003, is a wine that has the rare quality of being good at any age.

The Holler Family and Poplar Grove Winery symbolize a great story, which spans the past 25 years. The family produces exceptional estate wines in the heart of Okanagan wine country nestled on a unique hillside location with its  commanding unobstructed view of Okanagan Lake. Poplar Grove is a beacon for hospitality in the region, with a full-service tasting room and boutique, and casual/fine dining at our restaurant.

The family philosophy: great wine brings us together – a little bit of humour, courage and integrity and the world is yours.

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