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2019 Stratus Unfiltered Chardonnay

VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2021 - 2035

This wine may appear cloudy but it smells and tastes like a sunny summer day!

The powerful nose radiates papaya and peach aromas, challah just out of the oven, and fresh Ontario corn on the cob with a little whiff of wet gravel to keep it grounded.

The lees provide it with so much texture and extra flavour on the palate too. Intense, youthful Chardonnay flavours of pineapple and peach nectar mingle with a little salty popcorn on the rich finish. Full-flavoured and delicious now but will gain complexity and gravitas over the coming years.

As this wine is Unfiltered and Bottle on Lees there is significant sediment in the bottle.

"This youngster pours slightly hazy and there was sediment in the bottle I tasted. It has very generous, billowing nose of banana cream pie with so well appointed nutmeg, lees, butter and lemon blossom. It is medium-full bodied, creamy yet centred on great acid, alcohol integration. Wow, fine structure, minerality and depth. Excellent to outstanding length. Tasted October 2020, Value Rating 4 out of 5 stars" - 93 Points, David Lawrason WineAline



Growing Conditions

Weather conditions across Ontario for 2019 had cooler and wetter periods than normal but overall the season was good. The budbreak in most areas had a slight delay, however the sunny autumn drew out the end of the season. January started off mild but was a month full of significant weather events including extreme cold and heavy snowfall, which continued throughout February, while the rapid thaw in March was the major weather story of the spring. Significant snow melt led to high water levels for the start of the growing season. June brought summer weather with normal temperatures across Ontario and the growing season got under way. Flowering occurred quickly as the grapevines accelerated to make up for the late start. July was warm and sunny, punctuated by three short but intense heat waves, complemented by high humidity across southeastern and southwestern Ontario. Two significant rainfalls occurred in the month, maintaining soil moisture and supporting developing vines. August was warm and intermittently stormy, leading into a comparatively quiet September, cool with some rain – but bringing decent conditions to finish off the summer and begin the harvest season.