Syrah 2014




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Product code
12 x 750ml
Listing type
MBLL - General listing
Regulated designation
Vintners quality alliance (VQA)
British Columbia
Okanagan Valley, Naramata
Syrah 93 %
Cabernet Sauvignon 7 %
Alcohol percentage
Closure type
Aging vessel type
30% new French oak; 70% 1-2 year old French oak
Total acidity
5.99 g/l
Aging potential
10 years
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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

2014 was a stellar year for grape growth in the Okanagan Valley. Due to the warm winter and early spring temperature, bud burst occurred 3 weeks early. The ample growing season from May to August 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.

Winemaking notes

The Syrah grapes were hand picked and sorted in Poplar Grove's Haynes Creek Vineyard in south-eastern Osoyoos. After destemming, the berries were hand sorted again to ensure that only perfect fruit was included in the ferment. The grapes were crushed and combined with a small amount of viognier skins (3%) to add aromatics and texture to the wine. The must was cold soaked for four days allowing partial wild yeast fermentation to occur before the wine was inoculated with cultured yeasts. During fermentation, the crew pumped over twice per day to ensure even fermentation and gentle tannin extraction. Malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel over the winter and finished in late December. 30% of the 2014 Syrah was kept in new French oak barrels, while the remaining 70% was kept in one and two year old French oak barrels for 15 months. This wine was further developed in bottle for 18 months in the cellar prior to release.

Tasting notes

Rich boysenberry purple splashes in the glass. Aromas of blueberry and licorice tempt your senses with elements of vanilla and violets. Blackberries and tobacco develop on the palate while sage and petrol roll into soft round tannins on the finish. This distinctive Syrah is an exquisite accompaniment to robust meat dishes.

Press reviews

Natalie MacLean

- 92 points -

July 2018

Dark, spicy and pepper BC red wine made from Syrah grapes. Aromas of grilled meat, bacon fat and black plum. So tasty. Full-bodied and smooth. Pair with rack of lamb.

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John Schreiner

- 91 points -

March 2018

It begins with aromas of blueberries, licorice and fig. The palate displays a broad array of red fruits, including fig, plum, and black cherry. There is a hint of pepper on the finish. Big ripe tannins give the wine a plushness on the finish.

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