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Stratus Vineyards Merlot


Niagara Region

Cellar Door Price $110.00

Serving Temperature 16.0
Alcohol 14.0%
Drinking Start Year 2005
Drinking End Year 2014

Low-yielding 25 year-old Merlot vines produced fruit that was harvested by hand and underwent more than three weeks of skin contact. The wine completed a full malo-lactic fermentation while aging in a combination of new and older French oak barrels. After tasting all Merlot barrels from the 2002 vintage, based on their ageability and varietal character, a mere eleven barrels were selected to create this wine.

Deep red in colour with medium intensity. Complex and intense nose filled with prune, plum, figs, and dried blackfruit, complimented by aromas of cedar, oak, cocoa, cigar box and cinnamon. Well-integrated tannins and balanced acidity give this wine good structure and mouthfeel. This is followed by a very long finish with flavours of licorice. (January 26, 2005)

Growing Conditions

A relatively warm early spring led to an early bud-break in the vineyard followed by a cool start to the summer. A hot and dry mid-summer allowed for the vines to make up for the cool start to the season. The harvest was warm despite some rain in the early fall. The risk of frost in late fall led to an earlier-than-anticipated harvest for most varieties giving them well-balanced flavour, tannin, and acidity.

A Selection of Other Merlot's from Niagara Region

A Selection of Other Merlot's from Canada