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Stratus Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Canada, Ontario
93 WA
92 WA

A very intense cabernet sauvignon. A remarkably concentrated and youthful wine that is still a bit tightly wound on the palate. Looking forward to the complex development that will come from bottle age. Quite tannic, dark and concentrated

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Stratus Vineyards
Vintage 2017
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Sauvignon
¥11,000

A very intense cabernet sauvignon. A remarkably concentrated and youthful wine that is still a bit tightly wound on the palate. Looking forward to the complex development that will come from bottle age. Quite tannic, dark and concentrated

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Stratus Vineyards
Vintage 2017
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Sauvignon
Data
Closure Cork
Alcohol 14.8%
Product Code A004R00317
Inventory In Stock (24)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Intense with implosive varietal bent and a penchant for welcoming all the deeply resonant baritone notes, here cabernet sauvignon is truly and ostensibly developed with great character

Pairing

Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied red wine packed with tannin and pairs best with meaty dishes like steak, venison stew, roast beef, squab, roasted lamb and duck. 

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2035

Press
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Sara d'Amato. - A very intense cabernet sauvignon, not ready but blazing hot and intense. A remarkably concentrated and youthful wine that is still a bit tightly wound on the palate. Looking forward to the complex development that will come from bottle age. Quite tannic, dark and concentrated." 
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Michael Godel - Have always noted the aromatic generosity of this wine, from a Niagara site that finds a way to hang around as long as possible, no matter the weather and probability of frosts to ripen cabernet sauvignon. May just be the luckiest tract of land in the entirety of the province. There can be a foot of snow on the ground and the grapes will keep moving forward. Intense with implosive varietal bent and a penchant for welcoming all the deeply resonant baritone notes, here cabernet sauvignon is truly and ostensibly developed with great character. Impressive.
Production

Vintage Notes

2017 began with above average winter temperatures and low snow precipitation. Spring was timely with bud-break occurring the week of May 8. Cooler, damp temperatures began soon after however and remained through the height of the growing season. Fortunately, an even flowering mid-June was not hindered by these conditions. Extra attention to cluster thinning and leaf plucking was taken to ensure high quality fruit. Fortuitously, summer weather seemed to start in September and carried through the warmest October in a decade. The total number of growing degree days soared during these two months allowing for delayed, but optimal ripeness. Perfect harvest conditions held through November. After the long and dry autumn, a sudden cold snap in mid-December allowed for an early pick of Icewine.

Vinification

571 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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