2017 Stratus Sauvignon Blanc


A richer nose with the scent of autumn leaves giving a hint of barrel over white peach fruit made more complex with an exotic lift from grapefruit and anise aromas.

Rich, almost stately, mouthfilling green and yellow fruits wrapped in a creamy but balanced oak swaddling. Imagine if creamsicles came in papaya-lime…

"This is a very carefully thought out wine patterned more on French Sancerre than New Zealand sauvignon blanc. Multiple pickings have built in aromatic complexity with lovely juniper, green pear, gooseberry and kiwi. Ageing in old French oak for eight months has padded the texture. It is medium-full bodied yet grippy with a hint of wood tannin. Excellent concentration and length. Well done. Tasted September 2019" - 93 Points - David Lawrason, WineAlign

Growing Conditions

2017 began with above average winter temperatures and low snow precipitation. Spring was timely with bud-break occurring the week of May 8. Cooler, damp temperatures began soon after however and remained through the height of the growing season. Fortunately, an even flowering mid-June was not hindered by these conditions. Extra attention to cluster thinning and leaf plucking was taken to ensure high quality fruit. Fortuitously, summer weather seemed to start in September and carried through the warmest October in a decade. The total number of growing degree days soared during these two months allowing for delayed, but optimal ripeness. Perfect harvest conditions held through November. After the long and dry autumn, a sudden cold snap in mid-December allowed for an early pick of Icewine.


Sauvignon Blanc
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
J-L Groux
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
16 °C
Drinking Window
2019 - 2023
247 days in French oak │ no new oak