2012 Stratus Gamay

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The favourable conditions of the 2012 vintage gave us immaculate and ripe fruit that we chose to age exclusively in neutral French red oak. Without the impact of new oak, the fruit is allowed to shine. The bouquet is somewhat savoury, beginning with both red and black cherry fruit, but with a distinctive undertone of dry autumn leaves and ground white pepper. On the palate, the wine is decidedly weighty, but a mouthful of supple tannins and Gamay's signature brisk acidity bring about a crafted equilibrium.

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
Gamay
Vintage
2012
Body
medium
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
14.5%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
13 °C
Drinking Window
2014 - 2018
Harvest Date
October 21-25, 2012
Cooperage
617 days in French oak │ 2nd and 3rd fill barrels