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Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Gamay
J.L. Groux / Dean Stoyka
2018 - 2028
166 days in French Oak | 5% new
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.
"A very perky red blend composed of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah. Light to mid-weight with fine grained tannins and a youthful disposition. Well-crafted for immediate enjoyment and features flavours of red fruit, blackberry, black tea, pine, and bramble. Juicy, widely appealing and without any notable oak involvement." - 89 points Sara d'Amato, WineAlign