First Growth Cabernet Merlot
VQA Niagara River
Vintage - 2007
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First Growth Cabernet Merlot
First Growth Cabernet Merlot
First Growth Cabernet Merlot
First Growth Cabernet Merlot
First Growth Cabernet Merlot

Vintage & Viticulture

The Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes were hand-harvested from our 18 year old blocks of vines that were thinned to a restricted 2 tonnes per acre. The vines are located on Reif Estates 125 acre Vineyard; adjacent to the Niagara River, midway between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment.

Winemaker's Notes:

Wines were fermented separately and aged separately for the 12 months. The barrels were evaluated and an even number of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon barriques were selected to make the final cuvee.  The wine was aged a further 17 months as the final blend in a mix of French and Hungarian wood.

Tasting Notes:

Made in the traditional Bordeaux style, the bold, dynamic flavours of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes entwine the soft sweetness of Merlot for a perfect marriage of aromas and flavours.  Vanilla, creamy milk chocolate and spicy leather notes add depth and dimension to this beautifully balanced wine.  The tannins are soft and velvety creating a smooth, lingering finish.

Food Pairings:

Grilled red meats, roast duck, harvest stews and strong, flavourful cheeses.

Conditions for Online Ordering
Shipping charges in Canada range from $30.00 to $50.00 per 12 bottles (case). Reif Estate online orders are available to Ontario, B.C., Alberta and Manitoba addresses only. You must be 19 or older to order and must be available to sign for your order with proper identification. Wine cannot legally be left without a signature, therefore we strongly recommend delivery to a work address. If you are for any reason dissatisfied with one of our products, please contact us. For orders outside of Ontario please contact the winery at .