2016 Stratus Weather Report Viognier

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Fresh, lively, and aromatic! The deep and layered nose shows notes of orange blossom, tangerine, green tea, tropical melon, and soft hints of citrus at the end. On first sip it is surprising how light and forward this wine is after such big notes. Acidity is well balanced with concentrated fruit characters and a rounded mouth feel that lingers long on the finish.

Growing Conditions

The 2016 vintage will be long remembered for its ideal conditions. 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. Occasional but heavy late August rains were quickly absorbed without any negative impact. Everything was harvested relatively early by Stratus standards with the first Chardonnay for sparkling being picked in late August and the last of the Cabernet Sauvignon in mid-November. Outstanding quality and anticipated yields were achieved this vintage.

Details

Varieties
Viognier
Vintage
2016
Body
light
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
14.3%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
16 °C
Drinking Window
2018 - 2021
Harvest Date
October 10-14, 2016
Cooperage
316 days in French oak │ no new oak