"Only made in the finest years, this 100 percent Cab Sauv was harvested at a yield of 2 tons per acre from a parcel of vines which were 18 years old. Aging was a wowser 27 months in a combination of French and American oak. But the flavours are not overt. In fact, the milk chocolate, spice and vanilla from the barrel are harmonious with the plum, black raspberries and black cherries. "
Vintage & Viticulture
This lot of 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon was hand-harvested from our 18 year old block of Cabernet Sauvignon vines that were thinned to a restricted 2 tonnes per acre. The vines are located on Reif Estates 125 acre Vineyard found adjacent to the Niagara River, midway between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. The grapes were harvested November 6, 2007 with Brix levels at 22.9 degrees.
Clean ripe fruit was delivered to the winery minutes after harvesting. The grapes were gentle crushed and destemmed. A selected yeast culture was added to begin the fermentation quickly. Fermentation continued for 18 days before the must was pressed. The wine was then moved into French and Hungarian Oak where the wine completed malolactic and aged for 27 months.
The First Growth Cabernet Sauvignon is a big, bold wine with a deep ruby colour. The aromas are rich and complex with hints of black cherry, cassis, leather and creamy, milk chocolate. The palate has a richness that lingers well after the last sip.
Grilled and roasted red meats; leg of lamb, rare steaks and venison. Mature, hard cheeses as well as dark chocolate compliment this wine brilliantly.
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