2018 Weather Report Viognier

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A rich, beguiling nose of yellow peach and peach liqueur showing scents of macadamia, chamomile, autumn leaves, and a hint of toffee pudding.
The dry palate is plush too, with peach and persimmon, and a fleeting echo of lemon, chamomile and yellow Chartreuse.

Growing Conditions

The 2018 vintage allowed for varied conditions throughout the year. A moderate winter and temperate spring allowed budbreak and flowering to set in five days earlier than average; though the bud count was reduced as a result of sudden frosts in late autumn, 2017. Summer was hot and dry which allowed for even clusters, great concentration, healthy fruit, and ease in the vineyard. The head start and persistent heat matured grapes earlier than average Niagara harvests with many of the whites being picked in the forepart of September. Autumn warmth continued but significant precipitation and resulting humidity ensued, creating some pressure to resist disease. Careful tending of the vineyard and flexibility became key to bringing in healthy, ripe fruit. The red harvest began with Gamay in early October and all varieties were harvested by mid November. Two acres comprised of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot were picked for Icewine Red after midnight on November 22 when temperatures plummeted to -9 degrees celsius. This made for the earliest, complete harvest at Stratus on record.

Details

Varieties
Viognier
Vintage
2018
Body
light
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
13.1%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
14 °C
Drinking Window
2020 - 2023
Harvest Date
October 10, 2018
Cooperage
254 days in French oak │ no new oak