2018 Stratus White

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Expressing a vibrant nose of lime, green apple, and passion fruit, these aromas are underscored by delicately toasted vanilla pod, white orchid and raw barley. While the palate echoes the bouquet, subtle notes of honeysuckle and yellow pear beautifully complement the bright fruit flavors and deep core. A refreshing quality persists on the palate develops into a gratifying and impressive finish.

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.

Details

Varieties
Sauvignon Blanc
Chardonnay
Semillon
Viognier
Gewürztraminer
Vintage
2018
Body
medium
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
13.3%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
16 °C
Drinking Window
2021 - 2029
Cooperage
225 days in French oak │ no new oak