Reif Winery Cabernet Merlot 2015
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Cabernet Merlot 2015

VQA Niagara River

14.95

Bronze

2015 Canadian Wine Championships


Vintage & Viticulture

2015 came in with some unusually and at times brutally cold weather. By April/May the weather normalized and June gave us plenty of rain. The growing season gave us hope with sunny warm weather which ran into harvest time. This allowed us to get good maturation of fruit and the silver lining of the cold winter, less fruit, which meant higher quality.

Winemaker’s Notes

Ripe clean fruit was crushed and fermented on the skins for 15 days. Wines were made individually and the final cuvee was crafted after wines completed malolactic fermentation. The fermentation and aging was done in large stainless steel vats. The blend follows our vineyard plantings, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc.

Tasting Notes

Fruit and leather on the nose with flavours of raspberry, plum and mulberry grounded with blackberry and cassis on the palate. A medium bodied wine finishing with a fresh acidity, dark fruit and a touch of Niagara River earthiness. From Italian style pastas to grilled meats. For the vegetarian, wonderful with grilled vegetables, pizza or pepper and onion stuffed portabellos.

Residual Sugar:5g/L

Alcohol/Volume:13%

Brix At Harvest:22

Total Acidity:5.2g/L

Aging In Oak:0 months

Release Date:October 1, 2014

Ageability:3-7

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