Our Sangiovese achieved optimal phenolic ripeness by harvest in late October. After nearly two years in older oak, the wine expresses a cool climate character that we are only beginning to discover for Niagara-on-the-Lake Sangiovese. The bouquet is one of plummy berry fruit, both red and black, coupled with a subtle roasted almond nuance. The palate is undeniably assertive but ripe tannins bring balance and substance to the mouthfeel.
With determined vineyard practices, uncompromising fruit selection and declassification 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 than 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.
- VQA Niagara Lakeshore
- J-L Groux
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Serving Temperature
- 18 °C
- Drinking Window
- 2012 - 2016
- Harvest Date
- October 23, 2011
- 566 days second and third-fill French barrels