Wine Region: VQA Niagara Lakeshore, Niagara, Ontario Canada
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec
Bright and intense in colour from extended skin contact, the nose is redolent of sweet
cherry, strawberries, floral tones and baking spice. The palate expresses the traditional elegance, complexity and balance of an assemblage with a dusty
'old-school' attack and a dense mid-palate of ripe black currants, blackberries,
licorice and aged leather. The finish is seamless and impressionable.
About the Winery
Sun. Site. Soil. Grapes. People to tend and harvest. A place to make wine. Simple At Stratus, these elements transform into complex, age-worthy wines – expressions of time, of place, and of the essence of our vineyard that are simply extraordinary. Diversity for complexity 10 varieties of red. 6 of white. Vigilantly maintained and rigorously thinned by hand. Wines that capture the “somewhereness” of Stratus.
The vineyard sits on 62 acres near the southeastern border of the Niagara Lakeshore sub-appellation. It shares the benefits of the region with its neighbours, while enjoying advantages that are uniquely its own. The vineyard is far enough away from the moderating influence of Lake Ontario to grow grape varieties that need warmer temperatures in the summer. At the same time, the lake’s proximity helps protect the vines from early frost in the fall.
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