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2015 Stratus Red

Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Franc
Petit Verdot
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2019 - 2025

Bright and intense in colour from extended skin contact, the nose is redolent of sweet cherry, strawberries, floral tones and baking spice.
The palate expresses the traditional elegance, complexity and balance of an assemblage with a dusty 'old-school' attack and a dense mid-palate of ripe black currants, blackberries, licorice and aged leather. The finish is seamless and impressionable.

"The latest Red release from Stratus, the customary Bordeaux-style blend led by cabernet sauvignon, is a sumptuous, concentrated wine that manages to be both superripe and saturated with flavour, with lifted volatile acids more reminiscent of warmer climate wines, while also retaining some pleasant rusticity and herbal-varietal character typical of cooler zones. Late-harvested into mid-November, acids are surprisingly lively and tannins still grippy, both dense and abundant, indicating that a few more years in the cellar - 2-3 at least - would be desirable. Wood is relegated to a contribution of cedar and old baking spice. There's lots of raw power here that needs taming, a big, and quite impressive wine, best after 2021. Tasted January 2019. 92 points" - John Szabo MS, WineAlign.com



Growing Conditions

2015 was a solid vintage following brutally cold temperatures and snowfall in February which caused some damage and reduced overall yields. Variable temperatures in the spring and a damp June were fortunately tempered by a hot and dry July and August. These ideal growing conditions persevered through a warm and lengthy autumn during the final stages of maturation. The vintage shows whites of complexity and freshness while the reds, as a result of lower yields and extended ripening, are layered, elegant and plush.