A bottle of wine tells a story even before it is opened. The shape can reveal its geography, its varietal, its history.
The iconic bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape with the embossed logo representing a papal crest, hints at its storied history. Burgundy, Bordeaux and Riesling all have distinctive bottle shapes.
And then there is the 2014 Stratus Cabernet Franc ‘Decant’.
The design was inspired by the layers of soil that create some of the finest wines from the Niagara region. The bottle is elegant, easy to hold, and the design acts like a decanter when pouring the wine.
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The unique style is matched only by the substance of the wine. The Cabernet Franc grape grows well in the region. The problem is there have been too many wines with a nose and flavour of ripe green pepper.
“People have been making it wrong,” says Groux. “This is what Cabernet Franc tastes like, when you get it right.” This wine is full-bodied and complex and has changed my impression of the much-maligned varietal.