2013 Stratus Merlot

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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.

Details

Varieties
Merlot
Vintage
2013
Body
medium
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
11%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2018 - 2021
Harvest Date
November 4-5, 2013
Cooperage
572 days in French oak │ 34% new