2017 Stratus Cabernet Franc


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.

"This is both solid and engaging. Good weight, density and structure all round, with a very fragrant nose involving violets, raspberry, cedar and vanilla, that come together with real flair. It is medium-full bodied with a smooth mid-palate that gives way to firm, grippy tannin and more wood on the finish. The length is excellent. I would age this about three years. Tasted May 2020" 92 Points - David Lawrason, WineAlign

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.


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