2016 Stratus Botrytis Semillon

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Requiring very specific conditions in the vineyard and a lot of care and physical work when we can make it the Botrytis Semillon has been absent from our shelves for the last few years. However 2016, marking only the third time it has been made, has giving us this sweet nectar for everyone to enjoy again. Aromatically rich and dense this sweet wine is already showing great notes of raw honey, orange marmalade, deep summer flowers, ginger, and ripe juicy yellow melon. With years of development ahead expect even more to show and reward. Or as we know waiting is so difficult enjoy now with your favorite salty or blue cheese, spicy food, and of course Foie Gras.

Growing Conditions

The 2016 vintage was one for the record books. Winter was mild and dry with a late April snowfall delaying bud break ever so slightly. A warm and dry spring, especially during flowering, led to even cluster development. Dry conditions continued in May through the middle of August making it one of the driest summers on record. The warm days stimulated an early veraison that led to wonderful potential ripening for all varietals. Some late August rains were quickly absorbed without any negative impact. White varietals were in great shape to be harvested early.

Details

Varieties
Semillon
Vintage
2016
Body
full
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
14.4%
Bottle size
500 mL
Serving Temperature
16 °C
Drinking Window
2018 - 2026
Harvest Date
November 20-22, 2016
Cooperage
2 months is old French Oak