Ottawa, ON

May 2017

 

Matt’s review:

Stratus White represents the finest white wine that this acclaimed Niagara-on-the-Lake winery produces.  Winemaker J-L Groux selects the very best grapes from a handful of varieties to incorporate into this premium white wine, and after countless blends, the best representation of the vintage is showcased in the final assemblage.  For 2013 the winemaker’s assembled masterpiece is a blend of 37% Chardonnay, 34% Sauvignon Blanc, 26% Semillon, and 3% Viognier – showcasing the potential that this cool-climate region is becoming increasingly renowned for.  A brilliant golden yellow, the colour alone, given its youthful age, suggests this wine will be intriguing and complex.  The bouquet confirms that observation. An intellectual wine ideally suited for enjoying with fine food and great company, it’s remarkably complex and inviting, especially if you enjoy other storied fine white wines of the world.  With grilled pineapple, exotic fruit, poached pear, custard, nuts, and minerality on the nose and repeating on the palate with layers emerging towards the long, linear, and harmonious finish that shows both a creaminess and freshness adding textural complexity.  Exceptionally well balanced with the structure to permit significant cellar aging.  A cellar candidate to enjoy its evolution over the next decade and beyond.  Enjoy 2017-2027+.  Tasted May 2017. 94 points.  Matt Steeves – www.quercusvino.ca

 

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