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Stratus Red, 2019

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2019 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 13.3% ALC/VOL
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Malbec
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot
  • Syrah
  • Tannat
Critic's Rating 94 pts

This superbly elegant wine boasts potent aromas and flavours of pomegranate, dried tobacco leaf and hibiscus. With a fine structure of savoury overtones, a fruit-filled palate of black prune and cassis are accompanied by subtle notes of earthy undertones that unfold into a well-balanced and expressive finish of cocoa powder that coats the palate.

Growing Conditions: Budbreak in most areas had a slight delay, however the sunny autumn drew out the end of the season. January started off mild but was a month full of significant weather events including extreme cold and heavy snowfall, which continued throughout February, while the rapid thaw in March was the major weather story of the spring. Significant snow melt led to high water levels for the start of the growing season. June brought summer weather with normal temperatures across Ontario and the growing season got under way. Flowering occurred quickly as the grapevines accelerated to make up for the late start. July was warm and sunny, punctuated by three short but intense heat waves, complemented by high humidity across south-eastern and southwestern Ontario. Two significant rainfalls occurred in the month, maintaining soil moisture and supporting developing vines. August was warm and intermittently stormy, leading into a comparatively quiet September, cool with some rain – but bringing decent conditions to finish off the summer and begin the harvest season.

VQA Niagara Lakeshore

Critic's Rating

From Niagara-on-the-Lake wine region, Stratus 2019 is a fragrant and full-bodied red wine blend produced from sustainably grown Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Tannat and Syrah. Fragrant with red berry, dried tobacco leaf and pink florals, the wine is dry, medium-bodied, smoky and spicy with ripe dark fruits, earthy florals, black plum, dried sweet tobacco leaf with a titch of dark chocolate long and savoury on the palate. The wine spent over 20 months in oak barrels (6% new). Drink or hold. This vintage was awarded Silver at the 2022 National Wine Awards of Canada.
- Natalie MacLean
  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2022, Silver Medal National Wine Awards of Canada 2022, Silver Medal
  • Connoisseur Note(s):

    Big volume on the nose here from Stratus's flagship red blend, 31% cabernet franc, 21% merlot, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 19% petit verdot, 4% tannat, 3% syrah and 2% malbec. I love the texture on the palate, the silky-firm tannins, the sharp-tart acids, the long, lingering finish. Complexity is high, and density/weight/concentration are impressive, as is balance. Terrific length, too. A superb vintage, best 2024-2030. Tasted December 2022.

    94 points - John Szabo, MS, WineAlign

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    • National Wine Awards of Canada 2022, Silver Medal