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Stratus Red Icewine, 2018

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2018 Niagara Peninsula 200 mL, 11% ALC/VOL
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Petit Verdot
Critic's Rating 92 pts

An assemblage of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon this is an iconic Icewine expression unique to Stratus. Abundant cherry, raspberry jam, candy apple, and a touch of cinnamon spice roll through the palate to a luxurious finish. Sweet without being cloying or overpowering as the residual sugar is much lower than many Icewines and very well-balanced by fresh acidity.

Growing Conditions: 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.

VQA Niagara Lakeshore

Critic's Rating

Freshly crushed raspberries and red currants dominate the nose and palate on this moderately sweet red Icewine which is likely the world's only Bordeaux blend comprised of petit verdot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Complex and the perfect Icewine for Bordeaux lovers. Tasted November 2020.
- Janet Dorozynski Dip WSET, Ph.D., WineAlign

Connoisseur Note(s):

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.

91 points - Natalie MacLean

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