Pale lemon with glimmering intensity in colour. Aromas of peach and mango with subtle hints of lemon. The first sip brings flavours of ripe granny smith apples and lime juice. On the finish, clean healthy backbone of acidity balances the palate.
2014 was a stellar year for grape growth in the Okanagan Valley. Due to the warm Winter and early Spring temperatures, 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.
This wine was made from 100% Riesling grapes harvested from our Naramata and Osoyoos vineyards. The fruit was hand picked and immediately hand sorted and pressed with 2 hours of skin contact to bring out the mouthfeel and aromatics. The resulting juice was fermented cold to preserve the bright fruit flavours. The various tanks were inoculated with VL1 yeast culture especially selected to build complexity and extract robust Riesling characteristics.
Food Pairing Notes
The Riesling is a perfect pairing to grilled Portobello mushrooms.