Stratus is the first LEED Canadian winery with 22 hectares of vineyards
surrounding the modern building.
The winery’s first consultant was Peter Gamble who made the wines of Vineland estates in 1980’s.
Stratus started marketing wines beginning 2005 under the direction of J L Groulx, an experienced French winemaker who has a knack for blending and creating fine wines even in poor vintages by keeping yields low and using two selection tables before the crush.
Vineyards are equipped with propellers to fight frosts.
No fertilizers of herbicides are used in an attempt to farm as naturally as possible.
Recently I had an opportunity to taste the following Stratus wines
Tollgate Merlot, 2010 – in Ontario vintages matter a great deal. 2010 was a very successful vintage and this meticulously made merlot reflects it. The dark red colour confirms ripe fruit. The wine is full-bodied, and well extracted with deep flavour.
It can be matched successfully with medium-rare grilled beefsteaks, or richly flavourd stews, or hard cheeses.
Tollagte Fume Blanc, 2009 – appealing pale to new gold straw colour. Nectarine and lychee aromas dominate aromas emanating from the glass. Integrated and subtle undertones of oak originate from the fact that barrel aging occurred in second use of French barrels. Excellent mouth feel and balance of all components. Superb with light foods and for patio sipping.
Wildass Rose, 2012 -Strawberry, raspberry and cherry aromas greet the nose. A tough of sweetness enhanced the flavour of the wine in mouth. A fine rose that can be confidently paired with light foods and alfresco lunches.
All above wines are Vintages releases and available in a number of L C B O stores except the Fume Blanc which will be released in July 20.