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Stratus Vineyards Sémillon


Niagara Region

Cellar Door Price $0.00

Serving Temperature 10.0
Alcohol 12.5%
Drinking Start Year 2010
Drinking End Year 2014

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.

Growing Conditions

March was cool and wet. This was immediately contrasted with a warmer than normal April and a cooler than average May. Summer finally arrived in June; however, it also included some severe weather producing high winds and hail. Minimal damage resulted and overall, the vines fared well. Summer months in the Niagara Peninsula saw typical temperatures but much high than normal precipitation. By mid-August, ripening looked to be 7-14 days delayed on average for the region. September brought improved conditions with warm temperatures and sunny dry weather. Harvest began in late October and stretched into mid December. The fall was generally dry, offering good harvest conditions. The combinations of good fall weather and careful thinning of fruit to manage ripening resulted in most grapes reaching ripeness in the October/November window. After a summer marked by intermittent worry about delayed maturity, sugar levels in most grapes turned out to be in the normal range. Late harvest Semillon and grapes for Icewine were left on the vine until early 2009. Icewine season began with the first harvest taking place in early January.

A Selection of Other Semillon's from Niagara Region

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