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Stratus Vineyards Red Icewine

Red Icewine

Niagara Region

Cellar Door Price $0.00

Cabernet Franc 42.0%
Cabernet Sauvignon 33.0%
Mourvedre 15.0%
Syrah 10.0%
Serving Temperature 6.0
Alcohol 13.8%
Drinking Start Year 2014
Drinking End Year 2019

A nose of intense stewed rhubarb, ripe wild strawberries, quince paste, and rose petal perfume. In the mouth the wine is undeniably opulent and lush but with a raspberry-like acidity that brings the palate together in perfect equilibrium.

Growing Conditions

2013 started off well with a mild winter, and bud break was only slightly delayed by the cool spring. The warmth of August and September balanced the slow arrival of summer heat and dryness.

October's on-average warmer daytime temperatures, combined with cooler nights, helped to increase sugars while maintaining good acidity in the fruit. There was little mildew concern despite summer/fall humidity, and pest pressure was low as well.

Thanks to the higher overall moisture levels of the growing season, we had greater crop volumes in most whites and quick-ripening reds. Early fall frosts allowed for fast grape desiccation in later-ripening reds, leading to excellent flavour concentration. Harvest dates were near Stratus-normal. Winter arrived precipitously and with it, a record icewine harvest.