2012 Stratus Chardonnay

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The hot, dry 2012 vintage made for early ripening of our Chardonnay fruit. It was picked in pristine condition in late September. This wine has a rich and complex nose of ripe Niagara peach, freshly cut apple, warm vanilla, and exotic spice. A 100% natural ferment in barrel followed by just over nice months in 18% new French oak, brings depth of character to this bottling's bouquet and mouthfeel. More succulent orchard fruit on the richly textured palate, this wine shows clarity and definition in its structure, leading to a hedonistically lengthy finish.

Growing Conditions

The winter of 2012 was warmer and drier than in previous years with vine development starting very early in the season. An extremely warm March was followed by significantly cooler temperatures and frost in April. While devastating for many of our neighboring tender fruit growers, our vineyard buds had not yet "woken" to spring when the frosts hit and the crop thankfully did not suffer. Bud break did occur about 16 days earlier than usual which extended the length of the growing season. Summer temperatures continued to be above average with July being much drier than normal. Overall, the hot, dry climate resulted in the best growing season for Stratus to date and provided flawless fruit for an impressive lineup of wines.

Details

Varieties
Chardonnay
Vintage
2012
Body
medium
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
13.4%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
13 °C
Drinking Window
2014 - 2020
Harvest Date
September 26-27, 2012
Cooperage
276 days in French oak │ 18% new