Vintage & Viticulture
This lot of 100 percent Merlot was 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 found adjacent to the Niagara River, midway between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. The grapes were harvested October 19, 2007 with Brix levels at 24.8 degrees.
Clean, hand picked grapes arrived at the winery minutes after harvest. The grapes were crushed and destemmed and a selected yeast culture was added to begin the fermentation quickly. Fermentation continued for 16 days after which the must was lightly pressed. The wine was moved into new French oak and aged for 27 months.
The First Growth Merlot is a smooth, enticing wine with sweet blackberry fruit aromas and a pleasing flinty bouquet. Soft, silky tannins and a luscious mouth-feel give this wine a richness and warmth to die for.
Char-grilled or roasted lamb/veal, tomato based sauces, oven roasted vegetables and wild mushrooms.
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