2018 Stratus Sauvignon Blanc


"All the twains are met, cliffs are climbed and stylistics merged. Don’t even think about trying to opine with attitude or pigeonhole this sauvignon blanc into a specific corner. Rarely will a varietal wine like this show so many colours; aromatic pungency, barrel-effect richness and smoulder, by flint, mineral or smoky caramelization. If you want it all you can get it right here. 'If you really want. But you must try, try and try, you’ll succeed at last.' Drink 2020-2025. Tasted October 2020." - 90 Points, Michael Godel, WineAlign

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.


Sauvignon Blanc
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
J-L Groux
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
9 °C
Drinking Window
2020 - 2026
269 days in French oak │ no new oak