Light brown, hazy from the bottle fermentation. This strong beer exhumes aromas of apricot, yeasts, coriander and a strong floral (lilac) note develops in the glass. Dense, full, it has a powerful mouthfeel but manages to remain fresh on the palate.
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.
Made from Riesling harvested in the highest (480 m) vineyard in the Clare Valley. The nose shows succulent grapefruit, peach, fresh minerals and subtle notes of mango and other tropical fruits. It’s made in a bone-dry style but is nicely balanced by ripe citrus, apple and peach notes that are lifted by firm acidity through the finish. Hold for 5 years or more.
A worthy dinner party wine. Pale straw in colour with a spicy bouquet of apple and quince. It’s medium-bodied, dry, unctuous with pear and honey flavours and a touch of bitterness on the finish. Works well with chicken or grilled fish.
An interesting Viognier/Chardonnay blend from a difficult vintage. Medium-deep silver-yellow colour. Piña colada nose with flowers and a bit of spice. Full-bodied, soft and fruity (peaches, apricots) on the palate, with sweetness balanced by acidity. Enjoyable with crisp-fried smoked trout served with gnocchi and a nut-oil-and-arugula dressing. Drink soon.
This perennial favourite delivers the goods, once again, in its '08 vintage. With a medium body, it is somewhat jammy, with blackberries, dark cherries, liquorice, menthol and cocoa all present. It is a very satisfying selection, ideal for grilled calf’s liver or tandoori chicken.