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Stratus Vineyards Wildass Merlot

Wildass Merlot

Niagara Region

Cellar Door Price $17.95

Merlot 100.0%
Serving Temperature 18.0
Alcohol 13.0%
Drinking Start Year 2015
Drinking End Year 2018

Juicy and quaffable, this wine shows aromas of sweet vanilla, ripe cherry and black fruit. It is pleasantly appealing and the soft, silky tannins make this wine alluring and easy-drinking.

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.

A Selection of Other Merlot's from Niagara Region

A Selection of Other Merlot's from Canada