2018 Poplar Grove Viognier
REGION: Okanagan Valley
BOTTLE SIZE: 750 mL
Rich tones of straw yellow appear in the glass. Enticing notes of lime zest and blood orange develop on the nose. The 2018 vintage boasts a plump round palate, of fennel, Braeburn apples, and freshly clipped grass. This wine’s crisp acidity and a long lingering finish, lend perfectly to creamy scallops in fresh pasta.
Spring started off slowly and was wetter than average. 2018 found the vineyards two weeks behind our normal bud burst. Once warmer weather arrived in mid-spring, it caused above average snow levels in the mountains to melt rapidly, resulting in another year of flooding. After a challenging start, the end of spring weather conditions were perfect for an ideal fruit set.
Summer arrived hot and dry, which tested our vineyard crews to pay close attention to irrigation regimes and leaf-to-fruit ratios. Meticulous farming and careful yield management allowed the grapes to fully ripen on the vine.
Our Viognier was hand picked from the estate vineyards at 24.27°B from October 3rd through to October 21st. The grapes were immediately crushed and left to rest on the skins for two hours to increase aromatics and add body to the finished wine. The wine was fermented at 14°C lasting four and a half weeks. The grape’s natural sweetness was retained by cooling the wine, therefore, arresting the fermentation process. The wine was cold stabilized before final filtration and bottling, ensuring the wine is the optimal expression of Okanagan fruit.
This wine is meant to be enjoyed upon release, but will drink well for three to five years.