2012 Stratus Botrytis Semillon

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Our very first Botrytis-affected Semillon bottling displays ripe pineapple and guava aromatics/flavors on the nose and palate. This luscious combination is lifted in both bouquet and mouthfeel by a citrusy zip of freshness. The palate is part honeyed-sweet, part beeswax-savoury. The wine's time in 60% new French barrels add a spicy complexity that goes far beyond the dense tropical fruit core.

Growing Conditions

The winter of 2012 was warmer and drier than in previous years with vine development starting very early in the season. An extremely warm March was followed by significantly cooler temperatures and frost in April. While devastating for many of our neighboring tender fruit growers, our vineyard buds had not yet "woken" to spring when the frosts hit and the crop thankfully did not suffer. Bud break did occur about 16 days earlier than usual which extended the length of the growing season. Summer temperatures continued to be above average with July being much drier than normal. Overall, the hot, dry climate resulted in the best growing season for Stratus to date and provided flawless fruit for an impressive lineup of wines.

Details

Varieties
Semillon
Vintage
2012
Body
full
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
13%
Bottle size
500 mL
Serving Temperature
8 °C
Drinking Window
2014 - 2024
Harvest Date
December 14, 2012
Cooperage
481 days in French oak │ 60% new