2016 Stratus Petit Verdot

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The dark black-ruby colour forecasts the density of this wine. A savoury frame of cedar shavings anchors the firm black currant and mulberry fruit while notes of vanilla and a waft of sundried tomato add complexity to the rich and expressive nose.
The palate, too, is dense but without being chewy. Balanced acids keep the roasted black fruit flavours from turning too dark. Petit Verdot often needs a little patience in a warm year but it’s already drinking well and further cellaring will be rewarded.

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
Petit Verdot
Vintage
2016
Body
full
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
13.6%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2020 - 2030
Harvest Date
November 07, 2016
Cooperage
586 days in French oak │ 25% new