|Drinking Start Year||2017|
|Drinking End Year||2022|
Niagara Cabernet Sauvignon shows strongly in warmer vintages such as 2007, and this wine from that favourable vintage has gone on to develop and evolve through its years in bottle. The nose expresses both the exceptional vintage and the wine’s gradual evolution, with black olives, classic cassis, black cherry, pencil box, and fresh green cedar, although there is certainly no under-ripeness present here. The broad fruit spectrum couple with tertiary aromatics leads to a plush rush of fruit on the palate with seamless oak integration (this wine seeing just over 20 months ageing in 100% new French oak). With the impressive structure and definition that fine cool climate Cabernet fruit brings, this wine is still very much in its youth and will certainly improve with more time in bottle. Will certainly benefit from a decant one hour before serving.
The winter of 2012 was warmer and drier than in previous years with vine development starting very early in the season. An extremely warm March was followed by significantly cooler temperatures and frost in April. While devastating for many of our neighboring tender fruit growers, our vineyard buds had not yet "woken" to spring when the frosts hit and the crop thankfully did not suffer. Bud break did occur about 16 days earlier than usual which extended the length of the growing season. Summer temperatures continued to be above average with July being much drier than normal. Overall, the hot, dry climate resulted in the best growing season for Stratus to date and provided flawless fruit for an impressive lineup of wines.