2017 Stratus Consorzio

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This blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Franc offers a Niagara salute to the classic Super-Tuscans of Italy. Classic Sangiovese colour showing a hint of orange at the rim. The nose is juicy and displays vivid dusty red cherries with a whiff of cinnamon and butter crust pastry. The red cherry continues on the palate, filling out the core with some darker and more polished plum and lingering black fruit tones.

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
Sangiovese
Merlot
Cabernet Franc
Vintage
2017
Body
medium
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
13.8%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2020 - 2025
Cooperage
582 days in French oak │ older barrels