2015 Stratus Red

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A bright but intense colour comes from extended skin contact and the nose is redolent of sweet cherry and strawberries. Floral tones of roses and violets as well as cinnamon and nutmeg make for an enticing aroma. The palate relies on the traditional elegance, complexity, and balance an assemblage of these grapes brings to a wine with a rich yet dusty 'old school' attack with a mid palate of ripe black currants, blackberries, licorice, and aged leather. The finish goes seamlessly on for what seems like an eternity.

Growing Conditions

2015 was a solid vintage with an early and unusually dry spring that led to early budbreak. Slightly below average precipitation all summer, except June, which was higher than normal. A warm July and August continued into above seasonal temperatures and lower-than-seasonal precipitation in the fall. With a warm - but not overly hot - year, the whites have complexity while retaining freshness. The extended ripening into November served late reds, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, well.

Details

Varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Cabernet Franc
Petit Verdot
Malbec
Vintage
2015
Body
full
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
13.8%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2019 - 2025
Harvest Date
November 18 - 25, 2015
Cooperage
604 days in French oak │ 30% new