2017 Stratus Red

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"The Stratus Red has always stood apart, apposite, set aside from all the rest of Niagara’s red blends and so add in the inverse 2017 vintage to hold the fort. What happens here is exponential, more than doubling down but four times the singularity. Speaks in alacrity, brisk, in sharp ardor and just plain Stratus zeal. Juicy and luxe, enervating and youthfully brusque. There is a pecan barque to the exterior and a roasted to candied aubergine in the interior. To say it would pair well with open-fire charred oversized skewers of smoked beef or lamb shish kebab would be a grand understatement. Yet another magnanimous and well-rounded Niagara red." - 94 Points, Michael Godel, 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.

Details

Varieties
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Petit Verdot
Tannat
Vintage
2017
Body
full
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
14.6%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2020 - 2030
Cooperage
567 days in French oak │ 30% new