2013 Stratus Chardonnay

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Rich yellow-gold in the glass, the 2013 Chardonnay gives us a fruit-laden bouquet of ripe yellow apple, pear, and nectarine, with a touch of vanilla wood spice. On the palate the wine is both rich and round, but with a definite refined edge. The wine's taut acidity reigns in the fruit, finally bringing us to a satisfying mineral-focused ending.

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. Winter arrived precipitously and with it, a record icewine harvest.

Details

Varieties
Chardonnay
Vintage
2013
Body
medium
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
13.4%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
13 °C
Drinking Window
2016 - 2019
Harvest Date
October 2-3, 2013
Cooperage
307 days in French oak │ 58% new