2016 Stratus Chardonnay

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A nose of white stone fruit, peaches, apples, light butter, roasted corn, wet stone, flint, and an enveloping brioche give this wine an exuberant personality. This Chardonnay is creamy and balanced with a finely tuned stream of acidity that does justice to its cool climate roots. Freshly buttered bread, ripe mutsu apple and stone aid this wine's fine lees to continue its story.

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
Chardonnay
Vintage
2016
Body
full
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
12.6%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
16 °C
Drinking Window
2018 - 2026
Harvest Date
September 2 - October 6, 2016
Cooperage
270 days in French oak │ 20% new