The Stratus estate emphasises its philosophical blend of the Old World traditions with New World methods. Its premises both allows for fine control and select blending of handpicked wines, while keeping state-of-the-art and designed to benefit from guided tours, visitors being able to see all the inner workings with ease. The estate is ten years old, and has established itself firmly in that time as a small boutique winemaker committed to consistent quality.
Stratus is very specific on its range – ‘Eleven varieties of red. Seven of white.’ The Stratus White and Stratus Red are regular offerings, the blend changing every year, and are considered to be the signature wines of the estate. The rest of the range often keeps things pure and focuses on single-blends like cabernet sauvignon, reisling and rose. Stratus also produce icewines; the white is viognier-based rather than the more common vidal blend, and the red is a four-way mix of robust grapes like cabernet franc and syrah. The blends might be the pride of the vineyard, and the singular styles are also made in a meticulous process intended to use the region’s unique climate to get the best flavour form the best fruit.