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Primary Notes: Blackberry, Cassis, Plum Cedar
Secondary Notes: Mocha
Acidity: Medium +
Tannin: Medium +
Alcohol (%): 14.9%
Origin & Awards
Origin: Ontario, Canada
Grape: Cabernet Franc
Fermentation: Biodynamic Heavy Wood
Decanting: 1 hour
Serving Temperature: Best served at 18 degrees.
Asian Food Pairing: Yakitori beef, Chinese braised lamb casserole
Western Food Pairing: Braised lamb or beef cut, hard cheeses
Stratus Cabernet Franc 'Decant' 2017
Stratus 'Decant' is an immensely complex, compact wine of ripe but cool climate Cabernet Franc character. Inky appearance. The full and expressive palate has an incredible depth of concentration, smooth ripe tannins and an assertive acidity. Plush blackberry, cassis and black plum fruit core framed by cedar and mocha accents. Closes in a rewardingly savoury finish.
Fun Fact: This one-of-a-kind bottle was designed by Karim Rashid to reflect the layers and stratification of glacial soil within the 55-acre Stratus vineyard. The
deconstructed shape of the bottle also traps the lees as the wine is poured, thereby
acting as a 'decanter'. It was honoured a Good Design Award from the Chicago Anthenaeum.
100% Cabernet France. The fruit for this wine comes from vines growing in the glacial soil of Stratus' 55-acre vineyard.
Harvesting the grapes by hand from select rows. Bunch and berry sorting before feeding the fruit into into 225 litre barrels by gravity for fermentation. Daily rotation of each barrel to gently extract colour, tannins and structure. Following up with a gentle squeeze in the basket press and further gravity flow to a combination of new and older French oak barrels. At this point, select barrels of Cabernet Franc are left unfiltered and on its lees for 613 days.
Ageing potential: Drink now or keep until 2037.