Our first ever reserve vintage of Merlot! 2020’s fantastic growing season paved the way to unprecedented longevity and complexity out of the wines from our estate vineyard.
This Merlot was hand-picked at the peak of ripeness, a short fermentation on whole clusters for a few days was followed by a gentle de-stemming and crushing into small fermentation tanks. After an extended maceration on the crushed skins and seeds (2 weeks), the wine was gently pressed into 4 small 225L neutral French Oak barrels and left to age for a total of 24 months. A wine of this unique quality cannot be rushed.
The wine was bottled on October 30th, 2022, giving approximately 100 cases only.
Cherry compote and vanilla jump out of the glass followed by a mild fruitcake-like spice. Merlot’s round and plush mouthfeel is exaggerated with this vintage, with an opulence that is rare to find in Niagara. This wine is very approachable in its youth, but will age gracefully for the next 5-10 years.
Riverview’s Reserve Series identifies our top wines from premium growing seasons. Named after proprietors Sam and Lina Pillitteri, Reserve wines reflect family pride in viticulture and winemaking.
Made in very limited quantities. The product of hard, dedicated work. From our house to yours, salute!