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Stratus Red Icewine 2018 (200ml)

Canada, Ontario
92 WA
91 NM
Stratus Red Icewine 2018 (200ml)

The rarest of the rare wines - a red assamblage icewine.  Certainly a sweet wine however the residual sugar is on the low end for an Icewine and well balanced by the fresh acidity and above average alcohol. This is fruit first followed by sweetness. Lots of cherry, raspberry jam, candy apple, and a touch of cinnamon spice on the finish.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Stratus Vineyards
Vintage 2018
Color Dessert Wine
Varietal(s) Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
¥6,600

The rarest of the rare wines - a red assamblage icewine.  Certainly a sweet wine however the residual sugar is on the low end for an Icewine and well balanced by the fresh acidity and above average alcohol. This is fruit first followed by sweetness. Lots of cherry, raspberry jam, candy apple, and a touch of cinnamon spice on the finish.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Stratus Vineyards
Vintage 2018
Color Dessert Wine
Varietal(s) Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 200ml
Alcohol 11%
Product Code A004D00218
UPC 628116005063
Inventory Sold Out (2)
Tag(s)  Icewine
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Certainly a sweet wine however the residual sugar is on the low end for an Icewine and well balanced by the fresh acidity and above average alcohol. This is fruit first followed by sweetness. Lots of cherry, raspberry jam, candy apple, and a touch of cinnamon spice on the finish.

Pairing

Red Icewine food pairings: strawberry-rhubarb pie and vanilla ice cream, dark chocolate pâté, mild coconut curries.

Cellaring

Enjoy now through 2030 and beyond

Press
92WineAlign
John Szabo, MS.  Quite open, cherry chocolate aromas, also the smell of the cardboard box that chocolates come in, play off in this red Icewine, leading into cherry jam and compote - a compelling example with high complexity in the category, and also clean. The palate is really well balanced, neither cloying and oversweet not shrill and volatile - this hits a very gastronomic profile, a wine to be enjoyed at the table with, say, a moderately sweet cherry-raspberry-rhubarb tart. Good length. Tasted November 2020.
91Natalie Maclean
Lovely sweet flavours and balanced acidity on this Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot dessert wine red blend. Weighty and smooth on the palate finishing long with a tang of citrus acidity. Enjoy with foie gras and creamy blue-veined cheeses. Red Icewine food pairings: strawberry-rhubarb pie and vanilla ice cream, dark chocolate pâté, mild coconut curries.
Production

Appellation

VQA Niagara Lakeshore

Vintage Notes

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.

Producer

Producer Description

Stratus Vineyards, established in 2000, is a sustainable, innovative winery located in the heart of Niagara wine country in the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Stratus is dedicated to growing and producing limited quantities of premium wine in the VQA Niagara Lakeshore appellation.

The Stratus vineyard is a sixty-two acre estate moderated by the effects of two bodies of water: the Niagara River and Lake Ontario. Niagara-on-the Lake is a special habitat called the Carolinian Zone, an area known for rare species of plants and animals. The vineyards of Stratus benefit from a unique micro-climate that ranks among the warmest in Niagara. These temperatures are comparable to those of northern Rhone and are warmer than those in Bordeaux. Fruit from the vineyard is subject to an uncompromising selection process at harvest. By employing the watchful eyes and hands of sixteen people covering two modern grape-sorting tables, unsuitable fruit is discarded. This results in only the ripest, most flavourful grapes proceeding to the winemaking stage. This meticulous attention to fruit selection is the most intensive in Canada.

Winemaking at Stratus is led by J-L Groux. A native of the Loire Valley in France, J-L has been honoured as “Ontario Winemaker of the Year” and is renowned for his passion for creating distinctive wines based on the principle of assemblage.

Assemblage is the art of combining several different grape varieties to produce a wine that is the most complex expression of a vineyard’s terroir. The synergy created with assemblage winemaking reflects the age-old theory that the sum is greater than the parts. Our two signature assemblage wines are Stratus White and Stratus Red. Critically acclaimed, these wines have quickly become benchmarks of quality within the Canadian wine industry.

With a focus on Vitis vinifera , the vineyard is planted in forty-four separate blocks containing eighteen different grape varieties. All of the varieties of Bordeaux as well as Syrah, Gamay, Chardonnay, Gew?rztraminer, Riesling, Marsanne, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Tannat, Mourv?dre, and Viognier, allow for wines of diversity and complexity. Substantial portions of the vineyard are over a quarter of a century old.

The soils of the Stratus vineyard are highly prized compositions of clay loam with permeable gravelly limestone. The canopy and fruit of the vines receive enhanced exposure to the sun through the use of a modified ‘Scott Henry’ vine-training system. Viticultural practices adhere to the principles of rigorously low yields, elimination of herbicides, and a harvest mandate that relies entirely on gentle hand picking.

The winery, designed by architect Les Andrew with engineering design by Alan Greer, is a marvel of efficiency, sustainability and flexibility. It is a building designed to produce limited quantities of wine based on a true gravity flow system, thereby eliminating any pumping of wine.

Stratus is committed to responsible stewardship of the land. As a result, the winery is the first building in Canada to achieve LEEDTM (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the Canada Green Building Council. Stratus was the first winery worldwide to fully achieve this designation. Environmental sustainability is a core value of all involved in the design and operation of Stratus. As a proud new member of the Canadian wine industry, Stratus is committed to building on the existing foundations of quality-oriented pioneers and wineries in efforts to anchor Niagara as one of the world’s great wine regions.

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