Dining & Wine

Poplar Grove Winery’s First-Ever Pinot Noir Is A Beauty

April 24, 2024

We love a good white wine and, over the course of its 30-year history, Poplar Grove Winery has built a solid, international reputation as meticulous crafters of award-winning Bordeaux-style reds and crisp, refreshing whites. But what the family-run winery had not yet turned their talents to was Pinot Noir.

That changed in 2016, when Poplar Grove proprietor, Tony Holler, hosted a dinner for renowned New Zealand winemaker, Blair Walter, of Felton Road Winery. “I tasted several different Naramata Pinot Noirs that night,” Tony remembers. “After that, it didn’t take much to convince me that Poplar Grove should expand our portfolio.”

The fruit of that evening is today’s launch of Poplar Grove Pinot Noir 2022, the first vintage of this new varietal. A medium-bodied Pinot Noir with velvety tannins, bright acidity and a long finish, Poplar Grove Pinot Noir 2022 is akin to those produced in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and New Zealand’s Central Otago. Pale purple in colour, aromas of red fruit, baking spice and subtle earthiness intertwine with the first breath, followed by notes of ripe raspberry, red cherry, and earthy, dark plum.

Meant to be enjoyed upon release, Poplar Grove Pinot Noir 2022 has already won Double Gold at The Great Northwest Wine Competition in Oregon, Gold at The Drink Business Global Pinot Noir Masters in the U.K., and most recently, Gold at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition.  

It’s scheduled for release in late June 2024 and will be available through the Poplar Grove Wine Club, at the winery in Penticton and and at fine restaurants throughout British Columbia. Cheers! —Vita Daily


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