2015 Stratus Red


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.

"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 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.


Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Franc
Petit Verdot
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
J-L Groux
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2019 - 2025
Harvest Date
November 18 - 25, 2015
604 days in French oak │ 30% new