2014 Stratus Red

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This signature Red is a bold expression of youth overlaying a wine of structure and finesse. Deep violet in colour, with aromatics of cassis, blackberry, tobacco, and warm cedar are followed by a complex and full palate. Grippy tannins become plusher as the wine opens. A core of black and red fruit is kept fresh and lively by a crunchy acidity, alluding to the particularly cool-climate character of the vintage. This is nicely rounded out with touches of cocoa, cedar and spice, making for a lengthy, intriguing finish.

Growing Conditions

2014's growing season was a little slow off the mark, with a cold spring that delayed budbreak. Unseasonably cool in the summer, we had slow maturation of both whites and reds. The year was looking very favourable for fresh whites with cool-climate character, then a very warm September / October arrived to finally mature the reds. Picking very late in the fall rewarded us with fully ripe reds with beautiful acidity and red fruit character.

Details

Varieties
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Syrah
Vintage
2014
Body
full
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
13%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2018 - 2024
Cooperage
584 days in French oak │ 34% new