Chardonnay  2018



Product code
12 x 750ml
Listing type
Regulated designation
Vintners quality alliance (VQA)
British Columbia
Okanagan Valley, Naramata
Chardonnay 100 %
Closure type
Metal screw cap
Winery's website

About this winery

Poplar Grove Winery is located on the slopes of the Naramata Bench, a premier wine growing area just outside Penticton, British Columbia. One of the original five wineries on the Naramata Bench, Poplar Grove was founded in 1993. Tony Holler purchased Poplar Grove and became the winery president in 2007. Tony’s wife, Barbara Holler, owns and operates the Holler’s 100 acres of estate vineyards allowing Poplar Grove wines to be made from 100% estate grown grapes. Their sons, Matthew and...

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Notes about product

Spring was wetter than average with the vineyards two weeks behind normal bud burst. The warmer weather arrived mid-spring and 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 the end of spring weather conditions were perfect for an ideal fruit set. The vineyards soaked up the summer sun which allowed the grapes to fully ripen on the vine.

Winemaking notes

Chardonnay involves the most complex winemaking methods in the Poplar Grove white wine program. The wine is sourced from four individual estate blocks located in Osoyoos and on the Naramata Bench. Each of the blocks are processed and fermented separately. The majority of the Chardonnay is fermented in stainless steel tanks while the remaining 20% is fermented in new French oak Burgundian barrels. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally in the barrel fermented portion of the wine.

Tasting notes

Delicate tones of pale gold splash into the glass. This vintage expresses lemon zest, creme brulée, and toasted almond on the nose. A prominent palate of white grapefruit, autumn fruits, and honeydew appear first. Light French oak barrel aging adds flavours of warm vanilla to the wine’s long, smooth finish.