2017 Stratus Merlot


Classic Merlot nose of dense black plum compote at the centre with enticing notes of Dutch licorice, violets and cassis, black pepper and milk chocolate.

The vibrant palate jumps with crushed cassis, plum and blackberry. The ample mouthfeel is full-bodied and textural but not tannic, and the wine’s lovely dark fruit finish reveals ink and sage as well, and a swirl of dark chocolate.

"This is a very stylish merlot sporting almost perfect ripeness with blackberry/blueberry fruit and florals nicely integrated with chocolaty oak, some resin and light wood spice. It is full bodied, very well balanced with almost plush texture yet some firmness and finesse. There is a dusty, forest floor character on the finish, as often experienced in Bordeaux. The length is excellent. Drinkable now with aeration, should hold well through 2028." - 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.


VQA Niagara Lakeshore
J-L Groux
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2021 - 2027
588 days in French oak │ 33% new