2006 Stratus White

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This wine has evolved over its years in bottle with considerable élan. Some components aged for 18 months in second and third fill French oak barrels, while the others spent time in stainless steel. The signature Stratus White complex stone fruit character is present, overlaid with nuances of exotic spicing and orange blossom. The palate echoes the complexity of the bouquet, bringing a touch of creamy nuttiness to this elegant, multi-layered, mature, cool climate exercise in the art of assemblage.

Growing Conditions

The moderate crop of the 2005 harvest and a mild winter left hardy and healthy vines for the 2006 growing season. No spring frost affected the buds, and we had an average bud-break, followed by healthy flowering and fruit-set. The vineyard benefited from a warm summer with moderate and timely rains. After veraison, we had a cool ripening period, with above average moisture approaching harvest. This pushed back the harvesting of early-ripening varieties and resulted in a normal picking date of late-ripening varieties.

Details

Varieties
Chardonnay
Gewürztraminer
Sauvignon Blanc
Semillon
Riesling
Viognier
Vintage
2006
Body
full
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
13.5%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
10 °C
Drinking Window
2009 - 2017
Harvest Date
October 2 - 23, 2006
Cooperage
551 days in French oak │ 2nd and 3rd fill barrels