|Drinking Start Year||2014|
|Drinking End Year||2020|
The 2012 Stratus Riesling has an expressive bouquet of spicy poached pear, apple blossom, and zesty lime. Satisfyingly leaner than one might expect from the hot and dry 2012 vintage, the palate is both ethereal and gently textured, leading to a persistent, defined mineral finish.
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.