2018 Stratus Rose Magnum


These limited-edition, hand-bottled, wax-sealed, and stunning sips for summer capture the first nod to the 2018 harvest. Free run juice takes on just a hint of pink from the skins as it flows by gravity into stainless steel vats immediately upon picking. The resulting wine is a trio of verve, elegance and complexity; completely true to its Cabernet Franc roots.

Only a handful of cases are bottled in order to preserve enough juice to barrel age for the classic Stratus Cabernet Franc you've come to know and love. And, only magnum formats are bottled because great Rosé is perfect to share and enjoy in abundance on a sunny afternoon.

Growing Conditions

The 2018 vintage allowed for varied conditions throughout the year. A moderate winter and temperate spring allowed budbreak and flowering to set in five days earlier than average; though the bud count was reduced as a result of sudden frosts in late autumn, 2017. Summer was hot and dry which allowed for even clusters, great concentration, healthy fruit and ease in the vineyard. The head start and persistent heat matured grapes earlier than average Niagara Harvests with man of the whites being picked in the forepart of September. Autumn warmth continued but significant precipitation and resulting humidity ensued, creating some pressure to resist disease. Careful tending of the vineyard and flexibility became key to bringing in healthy, ripe fruit. The red harvest began with Gamay in early October and all varieties were harvested by mid November. Two acres comprised of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot were picked for Icewine Red after midnight on November 22 when temperatures plummeted to -9 degrees celsius. This made for the earliest, complete harvest at Stratus on record.


Cabernet Franc
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
J-L Groux
Bottle size
1500 mL
Serving Temperature
16 °C
Drinking Window
2019 - 2023