2013 Stratus Viognier

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Growing Conditions

2013 started off well with a mild winter, and bud break was only slightly delayed by the cool spring. The warmth of August and September balanced the slow arrival of summer heat and dryness.

October's on-average warmer daytime temperatures, combined with cooler temperatures at night, helped to increase sugars while maintaining good acidity in the fruit. There was little mildew concern despite summer/fall humidity, and pest pressure was low as well.

Thanks to the higher overall moisture levels of the growing season, we had greater crop volumes in most whites and quick-ripening reds. Early fall frosts allowed for fast grape desiccation in later-ripening reds, leading to excellent flavour concentrations. Harvest dates were near Stratus-normal.

Details

Varieties
Viognier
Vintage
2013
Body
light
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
13.8%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
14 °C
Drinking Window
2017 - 2020
Harvest Date
September 29, 2013
Cooperage
557 days in French oak Ɩ second fill