The 2013 Stratus Tempranillo exhibits delicate aromas of wild raspberry, crushed black pepper and the softest notes of fresh spearmint. The wine is medium bodied with a beautiful, vibrant texture. Floral charm and freshness impress while the oak adds relaxed structure and frames the wine from beginning to end.
2013 started off well with a mild winter, and bud break was only slightly delayed by the cool spring. The warmth of August and September balanced the slow arrival of summer heat and dryness.
October's on-average warmer daytime temperatures, combined with cooler temperatures at night, helped to increase sugars while maintaining good acidity in the fruit. There was little mildew concern despite summer/fall humidity, and pest pressure was low as well.
Thanks to the higher overall moisture levels of the growing season, we had greater crop volumes in most whites and quick-ripening reds. Early fall frosts allowed for fast grape desiccation in later-ripening reds, leading to excellent flavour concentrations. Harvest dates were near Stratus-normal.
- VQA Niagara Lakeshore
- J-L Groux
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Serving Temperature
- 18 °C
- Drinking Window
- 2017 - 2021
- Harvest Date
- November 12, 2013
- 563 days in French oak Ɩ 50% new