2013 Stratus White

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A polished and refined white assemblage with a multi-layered bouquet and palate that will only increase with time in bottle. Showing an appealing pale gold colour in the glass, this 2013 Stratus White has a bouquet of ripe stone fruit, pineapple, beeswax, warm wood spice, boxwood, and exotically perfumed magnolia flowers. On the palate, the wine shows itself to be creamily textured but with decidedly assertive acidity. Mirroring the nose there is also elements of tropical fruit and a distinctive leesy character. Rich and generous, with years of evolution ahead.

"Stratus White is the definition of complexity. You can enjoy this wine now without regrets or enjoy having it develop in your cellar over 5-7 years either way you will be pleased with what you get in the bottle. The aromas are tropical with passion fruit and roasted pineapple. The flavours on this wine are rich and complex but at the same time genteel on the palate almost as if asking permission before filling your mouth with an entire fruit stand. Fruit you [find] in your glass will range from Passion Fruit, Apple, Peach, Mango, and Tangerine ... I probably missed some more here it's as though the deeper into the bottle you go the more fruit reveals itself. There is a long finish of vanilla and some tropical fruit but the acidity is bright and crisp. Score - 4 1/2 Stars (out of 5)." -André Proulx, andrewinereview.ca, Aug. 17, 2016

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
Sauvignon Blanc
Semillon
Viognier
Vintage
2013
Body
full
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
13.8%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
13 °C
Drinking Window
2016 - 2022
Harvest Date
September 9 - October 25, 2013
Cooperage
562 Days in French oak / 20% new