Reif Winery Cabernet Kiln-Dried 2018

Cabernet Kiln-Dried 2018



Vintage & Viticulture

2018 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

All fruit used in this wine were hand harvested selecting some of the ripest cleanest fruit on the farm. Grapes were harvested from our oldest block planted in 1989. The grapes were hand harvested and kiln-dried for 14 days. After crushing the grapes fermented for 16 days and then pressed. The wine aged for 2 years in French and Hungarian Oak.

Tasting Notes

Deep coloured Appassimento-style wine. This wine has complex aromas of spiced oak and black fruit. The flavours of currant, plum and spice give the wine a long full-bodied finish. Pair with roast leg of lamb, filet mignon with mushrooms and strong cheeses like aged cheddar and blues.

SCORE 92/100 "The nose is expressive and bold with ripe aromas of plums, black currant compote, blackberry jam, raisins, molasses, spice and cedar. It's huge on the mouth with a melange of big, ripe fruits, thick spice notes, polished tannins and a smooth texture through the finish..."

Rick Vansickle

Residual Sugar:3.1g/L


Brix At Harvest:22.5

Total Acidity:6.1g/L

Aging In Oak:24 months

Release Date:July 1, 2018


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