2014 Stratus Chardonnay

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A pale yellow-green in the glass, this wine has a bright lime/lemon, Niagara peach, and floral bouquet that speaks to its Niagara-on-the-Lake fruit. The taste echoes the nose, with a dominant citrus / orchard fruit / floral character that leads a flavourful, crisp, and balanced palate, all with a refreshingly dry finish.

"The Stratus 2014 is more reductive than usual, in its case more of a vintage-related affair than others. The "Burgundy method" is employed, but in a "Niagara style" notes winemaker J-L Groux, that is with native yeasts and a pick that can't be too early. The wine saw nine months in (25-50 per cent new) oak. This '14 is Groux's last of the chardonnay mohicans because in 2015 it will be bottled with lees. This '14 is nothing if not bloody delicious, ripe orchard fruit swelling, of mild acidity and seamless texture. Drink 2017-2021. Tasted May and July 2017." - 90 Points" - Michael Godal, WineAlign

Growing Conditions

Details

Varieties
Chardonnay
Vintage
2014
Body
medium
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
13.5%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
16 °C
Drinking Window
2017 - 2021
Harvest Date
October 16-19, 2014
Cooperage
246 days in French oak │ 63% second fill