2018 Stratus Chardonnay


The continued evolution of Stratus Chardonnay.

Cool climate │ low yield │ hand harvested │ fermented and aged in only old French oak │ bottled unfined, unfiltered, on the lees. The story is deep before it has even reached the glass.

Lofty aromas of ripe pear and peach blend with floral jasmin and mango, while notes of cream and vanilla lay in the background. Dry with trademark Niagara acidity the palate is balanced by a silky texture and rounded fruit. A level of complexity is achieved here that elevates this to a truly great bottle of wine.

Growing Conditions

The 2018 vintage allowed for varied conditions throughout the year. A moderate winter and temperate spring allowed budbreak and flowering to set in five days earlier than average; though the bud count was reduced as a result of sudden frosts in late autumn, 2017. Summer was hot and dry which allowed for even clusters, great concentration, healthy fruit, and ease in the vineyard. The head start and persistent heat matured grapes earlier than average Niagara harvests with many of the whites being picked in the forepart of September. Autumn warmth continued but significant precipitation and resulting humidity ensued, creating some pressure to resist disease. Careful tending of the vineyard and flexibility became key to bringing in healthy, ripe fruit. The red harvest began with Gamay in early October and all varieties were harvested by mid November. Two acres comprised of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot were picked for Icewine Red after midnight on November 22 when temperatures plummeted to -9 degrees celsius. This made for the earliest, complete harvest at Stratus on record.


VQA Niagara Lakeshore
J-L Groux
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
16 °C
Drinking Window
2020 - 2030
325 days in French oak │ no new oak