Stratus 2014 Kabang Red

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  • 90 points of big bold Ontario red

    Tastes like
    Sultry dark berries, a touch of cedar wood, some delicate tobacco notes and a long spicy-leather finish.
    Good for
    Besides yelling “Kabang!” at every sip? This is a versatile wine for casual or formal dinners. But feel free to go deep with a great big juicy burger on a Wednesday night.
    Pairs with
    Big savoury dishes with lots of root veg and earthy spices. Mushrooms and slow-braised meats, especially lamb. Burgers, ribs, barbecue.

    Why we're drinking this
    Each vintage of this wine is a surprise. It’s always a big and fun-to- drink wine, but the component parts vary from vintage to vintage. As with this 2014, the style is usually Bordeaux-like. French winemaker JL Groux put 50% Cabernet Sauvignon in this year’s blend, with the balance being Cab Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot (plus a few other sundry grapes, for good measure). The result is a true beauty, a wine with so much personality it’s more like a companion than a beverage. And we all need companions, don’t we?

    Tasting note
    A modern-day Bordeaux-style that’s decidedly Ontario in origin. Yeah, we sure can ripen those big Cabernet Sauvignon grapes! You get bold and fruity blackberry, raspberry and hints of mocha and leather. It’s the best of the fruity and earthy worlds. Says sommelier Lindsay Groves: “Full and firm on the palate, with medium tannins and balanced acidity.” There’s lots of fruit and structure to take on big food flavours, along with a supply texture that makes it a nice sipper. Well-balanced and long on finish. Delicious.

    Drink this: Now to 2020.
    Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
    Region: VQA Niagara Lakeshore
    Alcohol: 13.2%
    Production: 120 cases
    Winery: Stratus



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