"Score 91 - For the number lovers, this is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. For the wine lovers, this is a full bodied red with a complex bouquet if sweet vanilla, cassis, violets, raspberry, cocoa and mint. Length is fabulous with tannic structure to ensure a decade of aging. (ES)"
Vintage & Viticulture
The season began with a mild winter and March was particularly warm, by June the vines were well into the growth cycle. The summer continued the pattern of hot, dry conditions, with temperatures averaging 3-4 degrees above normal. Irrigation became an essential tool and the grapes developed early and maintained a rapid ripening and this resulted in an early harvest. This vintage should go down as one of Niagara’s best.
Varieties were made individually and the blend is made after the wines are complete. The cuvee mirrors Reif Vineyards 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and the blend was then aged in French Hungarian and American Oak for 20 months
On reflection of our stellar 2012 vintage, this Bordeaux blend displays ripe flavours of red berries, black berries, smoky cedar and a long lasting finish. Firm tannins and ripe fruit will make this an unforgettable wine and a nice candidate for the cellar maturing in another 3 to 5 years.
Pair with grilled red meats, roast lamb and grilled vegetables.
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