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2013 Stratus White

Sauvignon Blanc
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2016 - 2022

A polished and refined white assemblage with a multi-layered bouquet and palate that will only increase with time in bottle. Showing an appealing pale gold colour in the glass, this 2013 Stratus White has a bouquet of ripe stone fruit, pineapple, beeswax, warm wood spice, boxwood, and exotically perfumed magnolia flowers. On the palate, the wine shows itself to be creamily textured but with decidedly assertive acidity. Mirroring the nose there is also elements of tropical fruit and a distinctive leesy character. Rich and generous, with years of evolution ahead.

"This is a gorgeous, intriguing and complex blend of four varieties (chardonnay, sauvignon, semillon and viognier) each of them managing to exert themselves. If that weren't enough to provide great flavour complexity, the wine was also in barrel. So expect a compote of yellow and green fruit flavours, herbs, resin, spice and vanillin - all nicely integrated. It's full bodied, satiny, lush and a touch hot (13.8%) on the finish. Wanted a bit more acidity. The length is excellent to outstanding. Boom. Tasted November 2016 - 93 Points" - David Lawarson, WineAlign

"Stratus White is the definition of complexity. You can enjoy this wine now without regrets or enjoy having it develop in your cellar over 5-7 years either way you will be pleased with what you get in the bottle. The aromas are tropical with passion fruit and roasted pineapple. The flavours on this wine are rich and complex but at the same time genteel on the palate almost as if asking permission before filling your mouth with an entire fruit stand. Fruit you [find] in your glass will range from Passion Fruit, Apple, Peach, Mango, and Tangerine ... I probably missed some more here it's as though the deeper into the bottle you go the more fruit reveals itself. There is a long finish of vanilla and some tropical fruit but the acidity is bright and crisp. Score - 4 1/2 Stars (out of 5)." -André Proulx, andrewinereview.ca, Aug. 17, 2016



Growing Conditions

2013 started off well with a mild winter, and bud break was only slightly delayed by the cool spring. The warmth of August and September balanced the slow arrival of summer heat and dryness.

October's on-average warmer daytime temperatures, combined with cooler nights, helped to increase sugars while maintaining good acidity in the fruit. There was little mildew concern despite summer/fall humidity, and pest pressure was low as well.

Thanks to the higher overall moisture levels of the growing season, we had greater crop volumes in most whites and quick-ripening reds. Early fall frosts allowed for fast grape desiccation in later-ripening reds, leading to excellent flavour concentration. Harvest dates were near Stratus-normal. Winter arrived precipitously and with it, a record icewine harvest.