2016 will go down as one of the hottest, driest of seasons. Canopy management was very important to make sure fruit did not get sunburned and aromatic wines maintained fresh aromas and acidity. Another important factor this year was the ability to irrigate at crucial development stages of the vine which Reif Estate is capable of. Look for great reds and well balanced fruity whites.
The fruit was a blend from 12 year old and 16 year old vines. Grapes were allowed to soak for 8 hours before pressing. After pressing the juice was clarified with flotation technology and the clean juice was inoculated with a selected yeast strain for Sauvignon Blanc. Fermentation was completed in 10 days and further aging was done in stainless steel.
Grapefruit, passion fruit, freshly cut grass and subtle gooseberry notes. The palate is fresh and crisp with white grapefruit and lime flavours complemented by a zesty citrus finish.
SCORE 89 "Melon crisp and fresh...medium bodied and mouth watering.
FOUR STARS " This is full fruited with good texture and oodles of savory herbs...delicate shower of lemon-lime and crisp Granny Smith apple on the palate while the finish is crisp..."
Brix At Harvest:19.5
Aging In Oak:0 months
Release Date:December 1, 2016
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