|Drinking Start Year||2013|
|Drinking End Year||2017|
This is the inaugural single-varietal bottling of Sémillon at Stratus. Fruit was harvested late in the season which allowed for sugars to accumulate and the juice to show ripe grapefruit, peach, and apricot aromatics. After 100% barrel fermentation, the finished wine aged in a combination of new and older barrels, which preserved the aromatics and contributed to heightened complexity and structure.
With determined vineyard practices, uncompromising fruit selection and declassification standards, Stratus has once again successfully captured the nuances of our vineyard. Average winter temperatures were interrupted by a few extreme cold spells, however our wind machines provided the necessary air inversion for protection. Higher than usual precipitation, along with growing degree days lower than average throughout spring, made for a slightly slower start. Budbreak occurred in Mid-may. Diligent leaf removal and fruit thinning ensured vine health and high fruit quality. Mid-summer temperatures were above average and quite dry. Our rich soils, with good humus (organic matter) alleviated water stress in the vineyard. Maturity was reached by early autumn – particularly in our white varietals and the last of the reds were harvested on November 26th.