2018 Stratus Consorzio

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Now in its third iteration, our Sangiovese based 'Super Niagara' is a complete union of Tuscany, France, and Niagara all in one bottle.  Showing classic Sangiovese ruby red colour, the nose is juicy and displays vivid dusty red cherries with a whiff of cinnamon and pasty crust.  The strong cherry notes continue on the palate, filled out by a core of darker and more polished plum and lingering licorice tones.  Medium bodied and fresh, enjoy on the cooler side at cellar temperature.

Growing Conditions

The 2018 vintage allowed for varied conditions throughout the year. A moderate winter and temperate spring allowed budbreak and flowering to set in five days earlier than average; though the bud count was reduced as a result of sudden frosts in late autumn, 2017. Summer was hot and dry which allowed for even clusters, great concentration, healthy fruit, and ease in the vineyard. The head start and persistent heat matured grapes earlier than average Niagara harvests with many of the whites being picked in the forepart of September. Autumn warmth continued but significant precipitation and resulting humidity ensued, creating some pressure to resist disease. Careful tending of the vineyard and flexibility became key to bringing in healthy, ripe fruit. The red harvest began with Gamay in early October and all varieties were harvested by mid November. Two acres comprised of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot were picked for Icewine Red after midnight on November 22 when temperatures plummeted to -9 degrees celsius. This made for the earliest, complete harvest at Stratus on record.

Details

Varieties
Sangiovese
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Syrah
Petit Verdot
Merlot
Vintage
2018
Body
medium
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
12.9%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2020 - 2025
Cooperage
657 days in French oak │ no new oak