2016 Stratus Semillon

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Sémillon grapes are harvested in three stages at Stratus. Fruit for this wine represents the second stage, typically picked in November, where berries are fully ripe but not yet botrytis affected. Barrel-fermented and aged in neutral oak, the resulting wine is alive with tropical fruit, grapefruit and spiced apple aromatics that give way to a creamy texture and notes of honey, lemon candy and mandarin.

Can drink now or continued ageing will further integrate the layers of complexity and generous mouthfeel.

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. Red grapes were harvested brilliantly ripe between October and mid-November, relatively early by Stratus standards.

Details

Varieties
Semillon
Vintage
2016
Body
light
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
13.9%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
16 °C
Drinking Window
2017 - 2026
Harvest Date
November 20 - 22, 2016
Cooperage
221 days in French oak