|Drinking Start Year||2013|
|Drinking End Year||2017|
A strikingly vibrant purple/red colour in the glass, the 2012 Malbec possesses a concentrated bouquet of black cherries, black pepper, cocoa, and pomegranate, with a hint of violet. An unmistakable gravelly mineral element gives the wine an uplifting freshness. Rich and generous dark berry fruits on the palate, follows with super-ripe and fine, silky tannins.
With determined vineyard practices, uncompromising fruit selection and de-classification standards, Stratus has once again successfully captured the nuances of our vineyard.
Average winter temperatures were interrupted by a few extreme cold spells, however our wind machines provided the necessary air inversion for protection. Higher then usual precipitation, along with growing degree days lower than average throughout spring, made for a slightly slower start. Budbreak occurred in mid-may. Diligent leaf removal and fruit thinning ensured vine health and high fruit quality.
Mid-summer temperatures were above average and quite dry. Our rich soils, with good humus (organic matter) alleviated water stress in the vineyard. Maturity was reached by early autumn - particularly in our white varietals and the last of the reds were harvested on November 26th.