Reif Winery Meritage Red 2017
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Meritage Red 2017

VQA Niagara River | 750ml

40.15

Vintage & Viticulture

A cool wet summer originally gave us some concerns about the vintage but patience was rewarded with a hot dry harvest season that allowed grapes to ripen fully.

Winemaker’s Notes

Varieties were made individually and the blend is made after the wines are completely fermented out. This vintage carries a higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon due to the heavy loss of Merlot from winter kill. The final blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cab Franc and the blend was then aged in French Hungarian and American Oak for 24 months.

Tasting Notes

This Bordeaux blend displays ripe flavours of red berries, black berries, smoky cedar and a long lasting finish.  Firm tannins and ripe fruit will make this an unforgettable wine and a nice candidate for the cellar maturing in another 3 to 5 years. Pair with grilled red meats, roast lamb and grilled vegetables.

SCORE 91/100 "This concentrated, robust Niagara red wine blend over delivers against it's price point. Balanaced, elegant, and full-bodied; a beautiful blend of Cabernet and Merlot from this Niagara winery. Decant 1-2 hours. Pair with grilled meats."

Natalie Maclean


Residual Sugar:3g/L

Alcohol/Volume:14%

Brix At Harvest:22.4

Total Acidity:5.1g/L

Aging In Oak:24 months

Release Date:April 2, 2018

Ageability:7-10

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