2017 Stratus Weather Report Viognier

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Growing Conditions

At Stratus, our vineyard’s voice is defined as much by the soils underfoot, as the shifting weather patterns above. Our Weather Report series is ever-changing – each wine, an individual snapshot of a growing season. What are GGDs? Growing Degree Days - The total number of cumulative heat units measured from an average temperature of 10°C through harvest. In 2017 GDD for our Weather Report Chardonnay was 1462. The year 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
Viognier
Vintage
2017
Body
light
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
14.7%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
14 °C
Harvest Date
October 22, 2017
Cooperage
245 days in French oak │ 14% new