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.
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.
- VQA Niagara Lakeshore
- J-L Groux
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Serving Temperature
- 13 °C
- Drinking Window
- 2016 - 2019
- Harvest Date
- October 2-3, 2013
- 307 days in French oak │ 58% new