2017 Stratus Cabernet Franc

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Cabernet Franc makes up the backbone of the Stratus Vineyard, its expression in both our assemblage and as a single varietal forms an integral part of the Stratus personality. This newest release shows the grape's aromatic power with notes of cassis, raspberry cream, and deep violet, alongside earthy tones of white pepper and wood spice. The palate has incredible density and a rich texture balancing the ripe tannins that will only add to the wines character over time.

Growing Conditions

2017 began with above average winter temperatures and low snow precipitation. Spring was timely with bud-break occurring the week of May 8. Cooler, damp temperatures began soon after however and remained through the height of the growing season. Fortunately, an even flowering mid-June was not hindered by these conditions. Extra attention to cluster thinning and leaf plucking was taken to ensure high quality fruit. Fortuitously, summer weather seemed to start in September and carried through the warmest October in a decade. The total number of growing degree days soared during these two months allowing for delayed, but optimal ripeness. Perfect harvest conditions held through November. After the long and dry autumn, a sudden cold snap in mid-December allowed for an early pick of Icewine.

Details

Varieties
Cabernet Franc
Vintage
2017
Body
full
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
14.8%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2020 - 2030
Harvest Date
November 06, 2017
Cooperage
534 days in French oak │ 23% new