A.Retief is a boutique wine label from exciting young winemaker. Alex Retief. Alex started in the wine industry in 1999 and has put the years of experience gained form working in wineries around the world into making A.retief, the first wines under his own label.
Alex has worked in the NSW regions fo Wagga Wagga and Hunter Valley, as well as in the USA's Sonoma Valley adn extensively in France's Languedoc and Bordeaux regions.
The fruit for A.Retief is carefully sourced from cool-climate vineyards in the Canberra district, Tumbarumba and Hilltops as well as the Retief family vineyard near Ladysmith, in the Gundagai wine region of NSW.
A.Retief is a combination of Old and New World philosophies, whrer the focus is on the vineyard and the aim is to produce quality wines of elegance and finesse.
After storms hit the Hilltops during the 2010 vintage, the Grenache vineyard was decimated by Botrytis and was about to be harvested onto the ground. I decided to experiment with a Botrytis Grenache and the experiment worked! Like a Rose, the grapes were crushed and pressed straightaway giving the wine its light pink hue, before being matured in old
red barrels for 9 months.
The wine has a nose of poached pears and lychee and a palate that is luscious without being too thick and viscous, it is the perfect accompaniment to blue cheese or poached pears.