2017 Stratus Botrytis Semillon

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The Botrytis Affected Semillon from our vineyard has quickly become a hiden sweet wine gem in our wonderful region of Icewine. Picked late in the season, but much earlier than the depths of cold for Icewine, we harvest the same vines multiple times to produce both this sweet wine and our dry Semillon (also currently available).
This is a bright and fresh wine showing notes of wild flower honey, mango, lemon zest, and spring daisies. The taunght structure carries through to a long finish and leaves you thinking of sultanas and marmalade.

Growing Conditions

2017 began with above average winter temperatures and low snow precipitation. Spring was timely with bud-break occurring the week of May 8. Cooler, damp temperatures began soon after however and remained through the height of the growing season. Fortunately, an even flowering mid-June was not hindered by these conditions. Extra attention to cluster thinning and leaf plucking was taken to ensure high quality fruit. Fortuitously, summer weather seemed to start in September and carried through the warmest October in a decade. The total number of growing degree days soared during these two months allowing for delayed, but optimal ripeness. Perfect harvest conditions held through November. After the ong and dry autumn, a sudden cold snap in mid-December allowed for an early pick of Icewine.

Details

Varieties
Semillon
Vintage
2017
Body
full
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
12.6%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
14 °C
Drinking Window
2019 - 2027
Harvest Date
November 12, 2017
Cooperage
95 days in French oak │ no new oak