This flagship red of Stratus, best represents our corner of Niagara terroir; decades of J-L's winemaking craft and a signature spirit captured year after year.
Already showing a rich trove of aromatics both fruit-forward and savoury, concentrated cherry, black plum, cinnamon, clove, and violets leap from the glass. The medium-bodied palate is rounded by additional layers of anise, cigar box, white pepper and tar that carry through to a sensational and seemingly infinite finish.
"The latest release of Stratus' flagship red is a marvelously complex, spicy, old world style wine, complete with leathery-earthy, pot pourri-type flavours. The palate is medium-full bodied, saturated with flavour - there's genuine density and richness here, a concentrated essence, with excellent length and power on the back end. Tannins are nicely polymerized into smooth chains. It's already evolved, in a positive sense, meaning that it should continue to age rather slowly in bottle - I can see this drinking well in the late '20s and beyond, yet it's also highly appealing and satisfying now. One of the best Stratus reds yet. Tasted November 2019.Value rating: ***" 94 Points - John Szabo WineAlign
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.
- Cabernet Franc
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Petit Verdot
- VQA Niagara Lakeshore
- J-L Groux
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Serving Temperature
- 18 °C
- Drinking Window
- 2020 - 2030
- Harvest Date
- October 21 - November 18, 2016
- 600 days in French oak │ 15% new