So what can you expect from a bordeaux-style red blend? The possibilities are endless, depending on which of the five grapes have been blended and where they were grown. Cabernet sauvignon-dominated blends tend to create rich, balanced wines with black fruits and peppery notes. Merlot-dominated blends offer smoother plum and cherry flavours with easy tannins.
Whichever you choose, you’re generally guaranteed all the best qualities of the grape cultivars that have gone into the blend, rounded out by the other cultivars, to create something truly special - proving again the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts.
WADE BALES’ SELECTION OF THREE RED BORDEAUX BLENDS
Vriesenhof Limited Release Red Blend 2007
A limited-release Bordeaux blend from one of SA’s pioneers, Jan Boland Coetzee.
Discover aromas of leather and pencil lead, with lingering minerality and a long, satisfying finish. Ideal with slow-cooked stews or juicy steaks. Great now and still great for at least another five years.