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Stratus Blanc de Blancs 2014

Canada, Ontario
92 WA
95 NW

Delightfully effervescent, fragrant aromas of white pepper and lemon thyme are highlighted by lush fruit flavors of green apple, anjou pear and fresh baked pandasal. After having spent seven years resting on lees, this alluring sparkling has a delicate texture while retaining a charming backbone of acidity, chalk-like minerality and orange mousse on the lingering finish.

Only 553 bottles made. Each bottle arrives in its own Gift Box.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Stratus Vineyards
Vintage 2014
Color Sparkling Wine
Varietal(s) Charrdonay
¥15,400

Delightfully effervescent, fragrant aromas of white pepper and lemon thyme are highlighted by lush fruit flavors of green apple, anjou pear and fresh baked pandasal. After having spent seven years resting on lees, this alluring sparkling has a delicate texture while retaining a charming backbone of acidity, chalk-like minerality and orange mousse on the lingering finish.

Only 553 bottles made. Each bottle arrives in its own Gift Box.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Stratus Vineyards
Vintage 2014
Color Sparkling Wine
Varietal(s) Charrdonay
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 12%
Product Code A004S00114
UPC 628116005810
Inventory In Stock (15)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Delightfully effervescent, fragrant aromas of white pepper and lemon thyme are highlighted by lush fruit flavors of green apple, anjou pear and fresh baked pandasal. After having spent seven years resting on lees, this alluring sparkling has a delicate texture while retaining a charming backbone of acidity, chalk-like minerality and orange mousse on the lingering finish.

Press
92WineAlign
Complex and intense with liqourice, lemons, wax and sour cherries, with keen acidity under the bold fruit. There’s a lot going on here: a weighty wine with lots of flavour, high acidity and a dry finish.
95Wines In Niagara
(2013 Vintage) Made from 100% Chardonnay and aged for six years on the lees (disgorged in January), this is all about elegance and finesse, and, my, what a gorgeous sparkling wine that shows a subtle yet persistent bubble in the glass and a fresh entry on the nose with lemon tart, perfumed apple notes, grapefruit, saline minerality, pretty floral accents and a lovely toastiness that builds in intensity as it breathes. The palate tingles from the finesse and freshness and a more generous mousse evolves into an elegant creamy texture showing green apple, citrus and pear with subtle biscuit notes, minerals and an energetic and lavishly finessed flare on the finish. I sense this will just keep getting better and better if you can save a bottle or two. It has a completely dry but not too austere profile that will gain some richness and fat in the bottle. Would love to see this wine in five years, but certainly attractive right now. As mentioned, only 140 six packs available.
Production

Appellation

VQA Niagara Lakeshore

Vintage Notes

2014's growing season was a little slow off the mark, with a cold spring that delayed budbreak. The year was looking very favourable for fresh whites with cool-climate character, then a very warm September / October arrived to mature the reds. Picking very late in the fall rewarded us with fully ripe reds with beautiful acidity and red fruit character.

Vinification

Méthode Traditionnelle. Seven years resting on lees, 553 bottles produced.

Production Amount

553
Producer

Producer Description

Stratus Vineyards, established in 2000, is a sustainable, innovative winery located in the heart of Niagara wine country in the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Stratus is dedicated to growing and producing limited quantities of premium wine in the VQA Niagara Lakeshore appellation.

The Stratus vineyard is a sixty-two acre estate moderated by the effects of two bodies of water: the Niagara River and Lake Ontario. Niagara-on-the Lake is a special habitat called the Carolinian Zone, an area known for rare species of plants and animals. The vineyards of Stratus benefit from a unique micro-climate that ranks among the warmest in Niagara. These temperatures are comparable to those of northern Rhone and are warmer than those in Bordeaux. Fruit from the vineyard is subject to an uncompromising selection process at harvest. By employing the watchful eyes and hands of sixteen people covering two modern grape-sorting tables, unsuitable fruit is discarded. This results in only the ripest, most flavourful grapes proceeding to the winemaking stage. This meticulous attention to fruit selection is the most intensive in Canada.

Winemaking at Stratus is led by J-L Groux. A native of the Loire Valley in France, J-L has been honoured as “Ontario Winemaker of the Year” and is renowned for his passion for creating distinctive wines based on the principle of assemblage.

Assemblage is the art of combining several different grape varieties to produce a wine that is the most complex expression of a vineyard’s terroir. The synergy created with assemblage winemaking reflects the age-old theory that the sum is greater than the parts. Our two signature assemblage wines are Stratus White and Stratus Red. Critically acclaimed, these wines have quickly become benchmarks of quality within the Canadian wine industry.

With a focus on Vitis vinifera , the vineyard is planted in forty-four separate blocks containing eighteen different grape varieties. All of the varieties of Bordeaux as well as Syrah, Gamay, Chardonnay, Gew?rztraminer, Riesling, Marsanne, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Tannat, Mourv?dre, and Viognier, allow for wines of diversity and complexity. Substantial portions of the vineyard are over a quarter of a century old.

The soils of the Stratus vineyard are highly prized compositions of clay loam with permeable gravelly limestone. The canopy and fruit of the vines receive enhanced exposure to the sun through the use of a modified ‘Scott Henry’ vine-training system. Viticultural practices adhere to the principles of rigorously low yields, elimination of herbicides, and a harvest mandate that relies entirely on gentle hand picking.

The winery, designed by architect Les Andrew with engineering design by Alan Greer, is a marvel of efficiency, sustainability and flexibility. It is a building designed to produce limited quantities of wine based on a true gravity flow system, thereby eliminating any pumping of wine.

Stratus is committed to responsible stewardship of the land. As a result, the winery is the first building in Canada to achieve LEEDTM (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the Canada Green Building Council. Stratus was the first winery worldwide to fully achieve this designation. Environmental sustainability is a core value of all involved in the design and operation of Stratus. As a proud new member of the Canadian wine industry, Stratus is committed to building on the existing foundations of quality-oriented pioneers and wineries in efforts to anchor Niagara as one of the world’s great wine regions.

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