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From one of Ontario comes the Magician produced by Winemaker Roberto D. DiDomenico at Reif Estate Winery. The 2009 is currently available with a new release coming shortly. Having seen so many comments I had to check out the wine for myself. Most reviews rate this wine just below outstanding
An interesting blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Pinot Noir, grapes were kiln dried for 3 weeks, then crushed and fermented on the skin for 18 days, after pressing was aged for 1 year in 1 year old French barriques. The high-toned bouquet sports a cornucopia of aromas, cherry-kirsch, spice-nutmeg-smoked paprika-white pepper, purple flowers and leather, moist forest floor-tobacco leaf-dust. Medium weight with dried cherry – cranberry flavours, plush texture and 14% alcohol adding pleasant warmth to its bitter chocolate – earthy finish. No lack of acidity – freshness here. A very good food wine, try it with spring lamb and rhubarb stew with cumin – cilantro – cardamom.
and available from winery only - Zoltan Szabo
For the price it is a quality wine worth purchasing. After all it is from Reif Estate one of Ontario's oldest and best known wineries.
Ewald Reif founded the winery after leaving his home in town of Neustadt, located in the heart of the world renowned Rhine River Valley in Germany where his family has a winery, he purchased
a plot of land on the fertile banks of the Niagara River in 1977. The winery opened in 1983.
In 1987, Klaus W. Reif took over the reins from his uncle Ewald, as the President and Winemaker after graduating from the world famous Geisenheim Institute in Germany with degrees in both Oenology and Viticulture.
In 1990, Klaus was joined by Roberto DiDomenico, a graduate of the University of Guelph with a specialized Honours Microbiology degree. Roberto's winemaking philosophy of 'letting nature make wine' married perfectly with Klaus's belief that "...today we are growing wine in the vineyard .
Previously featured wines
~ Best of 2011
~ Unsworth 2010 Pinot Gris
~ Selection from Painted Rock ~ CVVÉE NATASQUAN
~ D"angelo Merlot Cabernet
~ Encrio Pinot Grigio
~ Tawse David Block Merlot
~ Hester Creek 2007 Reserved Cabernet Franc
~ Rosenhall Run 2008 Slullywicker Red
~ Lulu Island Iceder
~ Jackson Triggs Gold Series Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz-Viognie
~ Hillsides Estate Winery
~ Herder Winery
please see Robert's Selections
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