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Stratus Icewine Red 2018

Sweet without being cloying or overpowering
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Primary Notes: cherry, raspberry jam Cinnamon

Secondary Notes:

Tertiary Notes:

Body: Full

Dryness: Sweet

Acidity: Medium

Tannin: Light

Alcohol (%): 11%

Origin: Ontario, Canada

Maker: https://boundbywine.com/blogs/vineyard-spotlight/stratus-vineyards?_pos=1&_psq=stra&_ss=e&_v=1.0

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Fermentation: Biodynamic

Awards: >95 Pts

Decanting:

Serving Temperature: Best served at 10 degrees.

Asian Food Pairing: Thai fish cake, vietnam spring roll, popiah

Western Food Pairing: strawberry-rhubarb pie, dark chocolate pate

Description

Stratus Icewine Red 2018

Sweet without being cloying or overpowering. The residual sugar is on the low end for an Icewine and well balanced by the fresh acidity and above average alcohol. This is fruit first followed by sweetness. Lots of cherry, raspberry jam, candy apple, and a touch of cinnamon spice rolling through onto a luxurious finish.
Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot.
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.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES

 - 95 Pts
Sweet red icewines are not your everyday discovery unless you happen to live where they are made. But this rare wine is a spectacular match for dense chocolate desserts. Black cherry, sweet spice, candied orange peel and apricot jam flavors are here in force. A blend of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this little gem is packaged in 200ml bottles, with flavors so rich that one bottle will serve four as dessert.

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.

 - 90 Pts