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Stratus Viognier Skin Fermented White, 2021

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2021 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 11.9% ALC/VOL
Critic's Rating 89 pts

This wonderfully aromatic wine has aromas of chamomile, white pepper and tangerine zest while, on the palate there is a marvellous fusion of Asian pear and orange blossom. With a slight bitterness and a gentle tannin structure, a slightly saline minerality unites the gently acidity with nuances of bergamot tea and lemongrass to the finish.

What is the sediment?

Pure and natural, this wine has inherent proteins from contact with the skins during fermentation. With no sulphur and no additives throughout the winemaking process, sediment naturally occurs with time in the bottle and is safe for consumption. Think Kombucha or freshly-pressed apple cider! For a more classic pour, gently decant.

Growing Conditions: Defined by highly variable weather, 2021 was unpredictable from start to finish. The year started with warmer than average January temperatures. Spring settled into predictably seasonal temperatures and generally dry conditions – a great start to the growing season. As the summer progressed, hot and dry conditions prevailed. Despite unexpected scattered rain and severe thunderstorms at the end of the month, extreme heat and drought were the predominant challenges faced in August. Unstable weather in the fall presented challenging harvest conditions. Rain and humidity at inopportune times required a strategic approach to picking grapes at their peak. Many of the red varieties were harvested at the tail end of November and in early December.

VQA Niagara Lakeshore

Critic's Rating

Honeyed orange colour. Advanced, raisined/dried muscat flavour, like moscatel de Setubál, unique to be sure - smells sweet, but the palate is dry, tonic, notably bitter, firm, drying. Not a wine of pleasure - more of an intellectual exercise. Tasted blind at the NWAC awards June 2022.
- John Szabo, MS, WineAlign
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