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Kabang Red VQA (SAVE $24)

by Stratus Vineyards 2018

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Producer : Stratus Vineyards

Region : Canada (Canada), Niagara (Canada), Ontario (Canada)

Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Cured Meat, Red Meat, Soft Cheese, Steak, Veal roasted

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Bottle Price Was: $24.90
Bottle Price Now: $22.90 (SAVE $2.00/BOTTLE)

Case Price Was: $298.80
Case Price Now: $274.80 (SAVE $24/CASE)

The combination of classic Bordeaux varietals and the very palpable aromas of limestone and clay give this wine a real ‘Right Bank’ feel to the nose. Black cherry mix with dried cherry aromas and a light green hint of raspberry leaf work in concert so nicely with a wisp of dried fig and vanilla wafer that the French oak add to it. This palate picks up all of these flavours with a balanced roundness. Cherry compote and glossy ripe blackberries push on through to a clean, mineral finish.

"The minds behind Stratus think a little differently. It shows in their sense of style. It shows in their demanding techniques. And it shows in the wines." - Wine Spectator

If you are a lover of Bordeaux reds that deliver profound drinking pleasure—this low-priced lookalike will be a welcome addition. You're going to fall in love when you crack it open and take your first sip. Kind of like the sound a steak makes when it hits the grill, or like that first bite of a juicy Kobe burger!

"Kabang" is the perfect name for this wine. This Bordeaux-style blend is made by one of the hottest wineries in the country, Stratus Vineyards! It's not available at the LCBO and typically only found at top restaurants. It's one of those wines you find on a wine list at your favourite spot, snapping a pic with your phone hoping to recreate the experience at home, then pine over after realizing it's not available anywhere else.

Winemaking at Stratus is led by J-L Groux. A native of the Loire Valley in France, J-L has been honoured as 'Ontario Winemaker of the Year' and is renowned for his passion for creating distinctive wines based on the principle of assemblage.

Move over, Bordeaux! To sleep on this wine is to miss one of Canada's great reds. Our quantities are extremely low, so, like a Waltz, you better move in triple time!


Bottles Per Case 12 Pack
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Stratus Vineyards
Region Canada (Canada), Niagara (Canada), Ontario (Canada)
Alcohol 12.7% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2018
Farming Method Sustainable, Traditional
Grapes Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Syrah / Shiraz
Food Pairing Cured Meat, Red Meat, Soft Cheese, Steak, Veal roasted
Descriptors Earthy, Fruity
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $274.80

The Producer

Stratus Vineyards

Stratus Vineyards, established in 2000, is a sustainable, innovative winery located in the heart of Niagara wine country in the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Stratus is dedicated to growing and producing limited quantities of premium wine in the VQA Niagara Lakeshore appellation.

The Stratus vineyard is a sixty-two acre estate moderated by the effects of two bodies of water: the Niagara River and Lake Ontario. Niagara-on-the Lake is a special habitat called the Carolinian Zone, an area known for rare species of plants and animals. The vineyards of Stratus benefit from a unique micro-climate that ranks among the warmest in Niagara. These temperatures are comparable to those of northern Rhone and are warmer than those in Bordeaux. Fruit from the vineyard is subject to an uncompromising selection process at harvest. By employing the watchful eyes and hands of sixteen people covering two modern grape-sorting tables, unsuitable fruit is discarded. This results in only the ripest, most flavourful grapes proceeding to the winemaking stage. This meticulous attention to fruit selection is the most intensive in Canada.

Winemaking at Stratus is led by J-L Groux. A native of the Loire Valley in France, J-L has been honoured as 'Ontario Winemaker of the Year' and is renowned for his passion for creating distinctive wines based on the principle of assemblage.

Assemblage is the art of combining several different grape varieties to produce a wine that is the most complex expression of a vineyard’s terroir. The synergy created with assemblage winemaking reflects the age-old theory that the sum is greater than the parts. Our two signature assemblage wines are Stratus White and Stratus Red. Critically acclaimed, these wines have quickly become benchmarks of quality within the Canadian wine industry.

With a focus on Vitis vinifera , the vineyard is planted in forty-four separate blocks containing eighteen different grape varieties. All of the varieties of Bordeaux as well as Syrah, Gamay, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Marsanne, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Tannat, Mourvèdre, and Viognier, allow for wines of diversity and complexity. Substantial portions of the vineyard are over a quarter of a century old.

The soils of the Stratus vineyard are highly prized compositions of clay loam with permeable gravelly limestone. The canopy and fruit of the vines receive enhanced exposure to the sun through the use of a modified ‘Scott Henry’ vine-training system. Viticultural practices adhere to the principles of rigorously low yields, elimination of herbicides, and a harvest mandate that relies entirely on gentle hand picking.

The winery, designed by architect Les Andrew with engineering design by Alan Greer, is a marvel of efficiency, sustainability and flexibility. It is a building designed to produce limited quantities of wine based on a true gravity flow system, thereby eliminating any pumping of wine.

Stratus is committed to responsible stewardship of the land. As a result, the winery is the first building in Canada to achieve LEEDTM (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the Canada Green Building Council. Stratus was the first winery worldwide to fully achieve this designation. Environmental sustainability is a core value of all involved in the design and operation of Stratus. As a proud new member of the Canadian wine industry, Stratus is committed to building on the existing foundations of quality-oriented pioneers and wineries in efforts to anchor Niagara as one of the world’s great wine regions.


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