2016 Stratus Weather Report Cabernet Franc

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Classic Cabernet Franc cigar-box aromatics team up with overt cassis, dried wild blueberry and forest-floor flavours. Dense and intriguing, this wine expresses the ripeness of the vintage and lingers with its youthful and chewy tannins.

Growing Conditions

The 2016 vintage will be long remembered for its ideal conditions. Winter was mild and dry with a late April snowfall delaying bud break ever so slightly. A warm and dry spring, especially during flowering, led to even cluster development. Dry conditions continued in May through the middle of August making it one of the driest summers on record. The warm days stimulated an early veraison that led to wonderful potential ripening for all varietals. Occasional but heavy late August rains were quickly absorbed without any negative impact. Everything was harvested relatively early by Stratus standards with the first Chardonnay for sparkling being picked in late August and the last of the Cabernet Sauvignon in mid-November. Outstanding quality and anticipated yields were achieved this vintage.

Details

Varieties
Cabernet Franc
Vintage
2016
Body
medium
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
12.7%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2019 - 2022
Cooperage
534 days in French oak │ 19% new