Ripe stone fruit with green apple scents evolve to generous apricot and pear flavours against a backdrop of zesty acidity and delicate dryness on the finish. An interesting Hungarian take on neighbouring Austria’s signature white grape.
From a very windy site at the top of the hill, the grapes for this wine come in with thick, wind-toughened, highly phenolic skins. Cracked stone, lees and pear opens this 1er cru. A bitter herbal pear skin draws fluidly through the round, fresh palate, carrying fennel, lemon verbena and meadow grass. Pear skin bitterness and spiced stoniness on the lengthy finish. Quite a complete, interested and textured wine; drinking well now, or hold for 5+ years.
Deep ruby. Light nose of earth, blackberries, alcohol. Generous ripe fruity taste, it feels warm on the tongue. The barely rough tannins can be felt in the finish of good length. Ready to drink.
Even though this Pinot comes from the warm 2012 vintage, it displays poise and elegance. The brilliant ruby colour heralds the plum, raspberry, cherry, earth, cocoa and spice. The acid is fresh and the tannins are supple, so drink now over next 2 to 3 years. Pair with charcuterie or ahi tuna steak.
Clear deep plum colour. Smells like an adult cherry cola, in a good way; also oak and spice aromas. Medium-bodied with medium acidity and noticeable but smooth tannins. Lots of cherry fruit opening in the glass to fig and raisin flavours. Good value.
2008 was certainly not an undemanding red-wine vintage in Ontario. That being said, Stratus has pulled off a minor miracle with their signature red. Cherry, plum, licorice, bell pepper/mint, cocoa and spice swirl around a core of supple tannins. It is ready to drink now or over the next 3 years.