2016 Poplar Grove The Legacy
VARIETAL: Red Blend
REGION: Okanagan Valley
BOTTLE SIZE: 750 mL
Medium Ruby Red with a thin garnet rim showing graceful aging. Aromas of leather, red plum, and cigar box with hints of vanilla. Rich berry fruit and dark chocolate with subtle notes of fennel and caramel on the finish. Medium-to-full bodied with fine tannins create a soft yet structured mouthfeel and an elegant finish. This age worthy blend will become more expressive with time. 33% Cabernet Franc, 25% Malbec, 15% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot.
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 purely 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.
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 flavor 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.
London Wine Competition GOLD MEDAL (96 pts) Decanter World Wine Awards
Previous vintage, 2014 Legacy achieved 4th Annual Judgement of BC
Anthony Gismondi "In 2016 cabernet franc returns to the lead, which undoubtedly attracted all the London accolades at the Decanter tasting. The ‘16 mix is 33/25/15/14/13 cabernet franc, malbec, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot, and it opens with a savoury, cedar lead pencil nose with a whiff of red fruit. The entry is a similar style with fresh red cherry, dried herbs and dense but sweet tannins. Just a baby with good potential to get better in the bottle as the desert scrub and savoury notes of the Okanagan grow among the fruit. Should cellar easily through 2024 and beyond." 92 Points