2018 Stratus Red Icewine


Sweet without being cloying or overpowering. The residual sugar is on the low end for an Icewine and well balanced by the fresh acidity and above average alcohol. This is fruit first followed by sweetness. Lots of cherry, raspberry jam, candy apple, and a touch of cinnamon spice rolling through onto a luxurious finish.

"Quite open, cherry chocolate aromas, also the smell of the cardboard box that chocolates come in, play off in this red Icewine, leading into cherry jam and compote - a compelling example with high complexity in the category, and also clean. The palate is really well balanced, neither cloying and oversweet not shrill and volatile - this hits a very gastronomic profile, a wine to be enjoyed at the table with, say, a moderately sweet cherry-raspberry-rhubarb tart. Good length." - 92 Points, John Szabo, WineAlign

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 many 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.


Petit Verdot
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
J-L Groux
Bottle size
200 mL
Drinking Window
2019 - 2026