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J.L. Groux / Dean Stoyka
2028 - 2050
801 Days in French Oak | 40% New | 40% Second Fill
2020 was a remarkable year for weather and wine in Ontario. Warmer than average winter months led to a cool dry April and May. The approach of summer brought a return of the hot weather with low precipitation and humidity. Similar conditions continued through August with only short, isolated, but intense thunderstorms. While temperatures began to naturally cool, sunshine remained throughout the autumn. The dry, sunny conditions were ideal for the full and complete maturation of grapes and contributed to a smooth harvest. Across the region, unseasonably warm weather delayed the icewine harvest resulting in a loss of tonnage. These temperature conditions postponed picking into the last week of January. While the overall grape crop was low, quality across all varieties was exceptional
"A new premium range from Stratus, the 'White Label' series is the culmination of 20 years of experience getting to know the 55 acres of estate vineyards, say winemakers J.L. Groux and Dean Stoyka, and 2020 was surely the year to launch the series, a "once-in-every fifteen-years-vintage for cabernet sauvignon, accoring to Groux.
"This bottling is from Cabernet Sauvignon "4 block", just below the "ridge" that runs through the estate (only a couple of meters higher than the lowest parts of the vineyard but enough to make a difference), which performs better in warm, dry vintages like 2020. It spent 2 year in barrel, of which about 40% new, and the nose is just starting to come alive, featuring typical black fruit from ripe grapes, and very little vegetal character to be detected, just a touch of evergreen. It's complex and complete, with the oak remarkably well-integrated, and huge, if gentle, tannic freight, but high quality, polished tannins. Length is excellent.
This is a very accomplished wine, arguably J.L. Groux's best cabernet in his long career in Ontario, spanning now almost forty vintages, perhaps one of the best yet in Ontario's History. The magic here is the combination of ripeness and firm acids, which will allow this to age for the long term, comfortable for 20+ years in the cellar. A be paradigm and pinnacle for Ontario Cabernet Sauvignon, one that will be tough to beat (and follow)." - 95 points John Szabo, MS,WineAlign