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A classic expression of the 36-year-old Picone vineyard site, with an abundance of green apples, elderflower, juicy mandarin pulp, and a core of minerality. The racy acidity balances the off-dry...
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A classic expression of the 36-year-old Picone vineyard site, with an abundance of green apples, elderflower, juicy mandarin pulp, and a core of minerality. The racy acidity balances the off-dry style, giving the wine a delicious, cool crunch.

Aromatically enticing with rich tropical notes wrapping themselves around the citrus and typical floral herbaceous tones of the Picone vineyard.

A rich palate, perhaps from a daring more deliberate nod to the early vintages of this vineyard that boasts more residual sugar balanced against lower natural acids at harvest from the intense heat of the summer. The finish is currently challenging us to think ahead ten years when this wine will find its centre. Lots of curb appeal on this wine but hold tight, it is only temporary, lots to look forward to. - Charles Baker

Stratus vineyards, opened in 2005, has quickly become one of the benchmarks for quality within the flourishing Canadian wine industry.

The winery is located in the charming and historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, within the Niagara Peninsula wine country. The vineyards benefit from a unique microclimate that ranks among the warmest in Niagara, providing perfect conditions for growing the diverse range of grape varieties that are used in their signature cuvees.

Committed to sustainability, Stratus has an LEED-certified facility that produces the best possible wine with the smallest possible environmental impact. They have made the choice of getting rid of pumps, and instead the wine is transported completely through gravity flow, minimising their carbon footprint and maximizing quality.

This dedication to sustainability continues in the vineyards, where they allow the environment’s natural ecosystem to take hold. Indigenous cover crops are encouraged and vine cuttings and root stocks are transformed into biochar, reducing erosion and improving soil structure.

These modern and innovative methods are the work of winemaker J-L Groux. A native of France’s Loire Valley, J-L is renowned for creating distinctive wines based on the principle of assemblage, the art of combining different grape varieties to produce a wine that is the most complex expression of a vineyard’s terroir. 

About the vintage: Glorious, dry, warm, long, nothing to complain about...unless of course you are Riesling and like a little shade, a few clouds, some cool night, some relief.

That said, 2016 is a growing season not to complain about. Low humidity brings clean, healthy vineyards and at the end of the day the earliest harvest on record for this vineyard which just meant a longer sleep on lees over the winter. Complex now and forever.

"This monumental riesling took top honours at the Toronto KitchenParty and will compete for Winery of the Years at the Canadian Culinary Championship in Feb 2020. It has a very generous ripe and complex sugar nose of pineapple, lemon. Old vine riesling spice with some petrol. It is mid-weight, powerful with a hint of residual rounding the texture. Very concentrated with excellent to outstanding length. There is an orange pith nuance on the finish. Tasted October 2019 - 93 Points" David Lawrason, WineAlign

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