2016 Stratus Merlot

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Intense aromatics of cherry, red raspberry and plum, leather, and cocoa jump from the glass. This is a complex, well balanced Merlot with a taunt core wrapped in velvet tannins and rounded fruit.

Growing Conditions

The 2016 vintage was one for the record books. 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. Some late August rains were quickly absorbed without any negative impact. White varietals were in great shape to be harvested early.

Details

Varieties
Merlot
Vintage
2016
Body
medium
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
12.9%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2019 - 2024
Harvest Date
October 11, 2016
Cooperage
622 days in French oak │ 6% new