Reif Winery Cabernet Franc Reserve 2019
New Release

Cabernet Franc Reserve 2019

VQA Niagara River


Vintage & Viticulture

While the season began with a wet cool spring, summer brought typical temperatures across Ontario. July was particularly warm and sunny with intense heat waves and high humidity. Early-ripening grape varieties escaped the wild weather of late fall and the unusual early cold snap in November. Harvest extended into early December, sometimes taking place in the snow.

Winemaker’s Notes

Beautiful ripe clean fruit was harvested from a 15-acre vineyard block planted in 1990. Grapes were pressed and allowed to ferment on the skins for 14 days. The wine was pressed and allowed to undergo 100% malolactic fermentation. Aging was done in newer French barriques for 9 months, adding soft tannins on the finish.

Tasting Notes

A brilliant glowing hue introduces a complex wine with notes of cherry, violet, and fragrant eucalyptus. On the palate there’s a slight perception of spice woven into the rich fruit and silky tannins carry the finish. Pair with pork loin or lamb with roasted or grilled eggplant.

Residual Sugar:3g/L


Brix At Harvest:21

Total Acidity:4.9g/L

Aging In Oak:9 months

Release Date:October 1, 2020


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