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VQA Vinemount Ridge
JL Groux / Charles Baker
Defined by highly variable weather, 2021 was unpredictable from start to finish. The year started with warmer than average, January temperatures. Spring settled into predictably seasonal temperatures and generally dry conditions – a great start to the growing season. As the summer progressed, hot and dry conditions prevailed. Despite unexpected scattered rain and severe thunderstorms at the end of the month, extreme heat and drought were the predominant challenges faced in August. Unstable weather in the fall, presented challenging harvest conditions. Rain and humidity at inopportune times required a strategic approach to picking grapes at their peak. Many of the red varieties were harvested at the tail end of November and in early December.
"This is traditional method riesling from old vines in Vinemount Ridge. It has beautiful nose of apple custard, honey and light brioche/croissant. Some florality as well. Very pretty. It is gentle, elegant, off dry and beautifully sewn - almost creamy yet bursting with fruit. Excellent to outstanding length, and so well focused. A great sparkling debut!" David Lawrason WIneAlign 94 pts
Charles Baker Wines
Charles Baker, one of the founding Directors at Stratus fell in love with Riesling as a cellar hand in the 1990's. Since that time, he has made it a mission to explore the nuances of Riesling from the various sites of the Niagara Escarpment; a special and rare base on which to grow wine. Here, the bedrock dates back millions of years and is constantly shifting and evolving. Lake Ontario, close by, enables the vineyards to survive extreme conditions. The nature of our climate guarantees wines of finesse, ageability and enjoyability. All ‘CB’ wines are brought to bottle at Stratus Vineyards by the finest and most devoted group of winemakers in all of Canada.