2019 Weather Report Viognier

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Favorable growing conditions allow for charmingly expressive notes of freshly cut orchid, orange blossom and chive flowers on the nose, beautifully anchored by rich honeydew and papaya. Some luscious, mouth filling peach and vanilla bean on the palate lead to a confidently zesty finish.

Growing Conditions

Budbreak in most areas had a slight delay, however the sunny autumn drew out the end of the season. January started off mild but was a month full of significant weather events including extreme cold and heavy snowfall, which continued throughout February, while the rapid thaw in March was the major weather story of the spring. Significant snow melt led to high water levels for the start of the growing season. June brought summer weather with normal temperatures across Ontario and the growing season got under way. Flowering occurred quickly as the grapevines accelerated to make up for the late start. July was warm and sunny, punctuated by three short but intense heat waves, complemented by high humidity across southeastern and southwestern Ontario. Two significant rainfalls occurred in the month, maintaining soil moisture and supporting developing vines. August was warm and intermittently stormy, leading into a comparatively quiet September, cool with some rain – but bringing decent conditions to finish off the summer and begin the harvest season.

Details

Varieties
Viognier
Vintage
2019
Body
light
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
12.2%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
14 °C
Drinking Window
2021 - 2024
Harvest Date
November 13
Cooperage
206 days in French oak │ no new oak