The nose here is quite a departure from the hot weather 2016 Stratus White. More reserved at this point in its evolution but more stately as well.
Showing aromatic citrus notes of lemon and kumquat that dovetail with white peach, nettles and bay leaf and a hint of distant lychee.
The palate is similarly youthful and displays crisp green apple and guava with pink grapefruit rising on the still-evolving mid-palate and finish. A little time in the glass definitely shows to its advantage and bodes well for sipping down the road.
"Emits flint, crème frâiche and smoulder, in no particular order and in only ways that the Stratus White can. A most intriguing mineral condition is where this 2017 sits but the tenets of mouthfeel, feeling and texture are always on our minds. The question must be wondered, internally or out loud how this very particular white blend, which keep in mind has changed and evolved much over the years, how it can combine emissions and flavours in the magical way that it does. Of all the blending done by winemaker J-L Groulx it is the White that creates the most fantasy and does so with masterful consistency. A different vintage this ’17 surely is and one that is just so fine. Drink 2020-2027. Tasted November 2020." - 94 Points, Michael Godel, WineAlign
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
- 12 °C
- Drinking Window
- 2021 - 2028
- 524 days in French oak │ 19% new