2012 REIF ESTATE MERITAGEReif Estate Winery
The cuvee mirrors Reif Vineyards 47% Cab Sauvignon , 43% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and the blend was then aged in French Hungarian and American Oak for 20 months.
Varieties were made individually and the blend is made after the wines are complete. On reflection of our stellar 2012 vintage, this classic Bordeaux style 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.
Niagara on the Lake – Ontario
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Reif Estate Winery
One of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s founding family wineries, founded in 1982 by Ewald Reif and later acquired by nephew Klaus W. Reif. Today, Reif produces wines from its vineyard first planted in 1977. Our 125 acre farm is located in the Niagara River sub-appellation where sun-loving grape varieties grow best. The easterly facing slopes and long growing season are moderated by the river as air currents ward off early spring and late fall frosts.
Our vineyard is located in Ontario’s warmest sub-appellation, ideal for the production of rich full-bodied wines. But time matters too. Our farm is also home to some of the oldest vinifera plantings in Canada, a benefit to growers in cooler climates like Ontario, as mature vines ripen earlier. They also produce wines that reflect the ‘terroir’, so when you taste our wines you will taste the essence of our vineyard.