2013 Stratus Syrah


The cooler 2013 vintage offers a classic nose of fine white pepper, fresh black cherry, plum, and perfumed violet. Fresh fruit, sweet vanilla and savoury notes combined with bright acidity create a complex but lively mouthfeel. Silky tannins laced with floral notes linger on the finish.

"The covert nature of 2013 is a blessing driven into the vintage's syrah, so different than 2012, mostly because its personality is less obvious and in your face. The dual fruit character here is both fresh and dried, still meaty but more in a cured charcuterie sort of way. There is also something very smart, perhaps akin to a cooler clime Aussie interpretative, like Giaconda in Beechworth, with the sort of syrah that seems developed early on but structured to stay that way for a decade or more. It's a wise before time syrah comfortable in its own rustic, tart, high acidity skin from the moment it cane to be born. There is this lovely liquidity run through by grains of chalk and tannin, pure and silky. This syrah does still contain some Clone 99 syrah, a victim of recent harsh winters, now dead and gone. A year further in bottle should bring some of the mixing and moving parts in line with the settled pool of flavour. Drink 2018-2022. Tasted May 2017. - 91 Points" - Michael Godel, WineAlign

Growing Conditions

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 nights, 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 concentration. Harvest dates were near Stratus-normal.


VQA Niagara Lakeshore
J-L Groux
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2017 - 2022
Harvest Date
November 14, 2013
560 days in French oak │ 45% new