2019 Stratus Cabernet Franc


Jammy notes of black fruit and cassis, clove, menthol, tobacco, black licorice and hints of leather and baking spice carry through the nose and onto the palate. Aging in old French oak for almost 22 months elevates the flavours and complexity while also adding a sophistication and roundness to the mouthfeel. Tannins are present, but not overwhelming. Dry and full-bodied, the wine is well-structured with an undulating finish.

Growing Conditions

Budbreak in most areas had a slight delay, however the sunny autumn drew out the end of the season. January started off mild but was a month full of significant weather events including extreme cold and heavy snowfall, which continued throughout February, while the rapid thaw in March was the major weather story of the spring. Significant snow melt led to high water levels for the start of the growing season. June brought summer weather with normal temperatures across Ontario and the growing season got under way. Flowering occurred quickly as the grapevines accelerated to make up for the late start. July was warm and sunny, punctuated by three short but intense heat waves, complemented by high humidity across southeastern and southwestern Ontario. Two significant rainfalls occurred in the month, maintaining soil moisture and supporting developing vines. August was warm and intermittently stormy, leading into a comparatively quiet September, cool with some rain – but bringing decent conditions to finish off the summer and begin the harvest season.


Cabernet Franc
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
J-L Groux
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2021 - 2028
546 days in French oak │ 10% new