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Stratus Red 2017

Canada, Ontario
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94 WA
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Stratus Red 2017

An Iconic Niagara Red wine that straddles the world between Boreaux and Napa.  

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Stratus Vineyards
Vintage 2017
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Tannat
¥6,930

An Iconic Niagara Red wine that straddles the world between Boreaux and Napa.  

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Stratus Vineyards
Vintage 2017
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Tannat
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.6%
Product Code A004R00117
UPC 628116005124
Inventory Very Low Stock (9)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

A deep nose of black plum, blackberry and mulberry, ripe and full, with hints of bouquet garni herbs, licorice and dark chocolate. The palate is rich and sleek now but will gain even more fruit as it matures. Glossy but not jammy black fruit, licorice and fresh sage move smoothly through the midpalate and into the long finish. The 2017 Stratus Red will age as expected of our Signature Red Assemblage but is already upfront and accessible.

Pairing

Enjoy with braised lamb, steak, and hard cheeses.

Cellaring

Enjoy now through 2030 and beyond

Press
92Decanter (UK)
Powerful black fruits with classy integrated oak, ripe tannins and wood spice. A fine, elegant example with good potential to age.
94WineAlign
94 points, John Szabo, MS, winealign.com Deeply coloured. Intensely aromatic and highly complex, once again, in an evolved and open, oxidative, Italianate style, with lots of desiccated fruit flavours. This is anything but fresh and fruity wine, indeed on the contrary, an evolved and leathery, dried fruit expression. But the wash of dense, dark fruit on the palate and the overall intensity of flavour and length is to be admired. There's a uniquely Stratus style that has evolved over the years into the current form, and this is true to type, undeniably quality wine. Drink or better yet hold another 2-4 years, or cellar into the early '30s. Tasted October 2020.  
94WineAlign
94 Points, Michael Godel, WineAlign 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, John Szabo, MS, winealign.com Deeply coloured. Intensely aromatic and highly complex, once again, in an evolved and open, oxidative, Italianate style, with lots of desiccated fruit flavours. This is anything but fresh and fruity wine, indeed on the contrary, an evolved and leathery, dried fruit expression. But the wash of dense, dark fruit on the palate and the overall intensity of flavour and length is to be admired. There's a uniquely Stratus style that has evolved over the years into the current form, and this is true to type, undeniably quality wine. Drink or better yet hold another 2-4 years, or cellar into the early '30s. Tasted October 2020.
Production

Appellation

VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake

Viticulture

Hand picked and sorted

Vinification

567 days in French oak (30% new)

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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