Posts Tagged ‘petit verdot’

Petit Verdot from Barossa

May 12, 2009

The 2004 version (Home Block) by the 1847 Winery of the Barossa Valley, is a big wine that deserves drinking it again and again. 1185284116_1847-2004-home-block-petit-verdotIntense and chromatic on the nose, it displays tones of dark red fruit, liquorice, raisin, pepper and cinammon. A full bodied wine with abundance of dark cherry and pepper, which is lifted up by vibrant acidity. The finish is expansive, with fine and polished tannins within an exuberance of spice and fruit.
Winery: 1847
Origin: Home Block. Barossa Valley, Australia
Price: 47.99 Cdn
Alcohol: 13.8%


Wine 101: Varietals und Blends

April 22, 2009

argentina-604Who doesn’t know what Chardonnay is? Or Cabernet Sauvignon? These two are highly recognizable grapes, which are commonly sold all on their own, as varietal wines. Meaning that the predominating -or exclusive- grape variety in the bottle will be the one shown on the label.

Blends involve varying amounts of different grapes that may have been fermented separately or together. The archetypal blend is the French Bordeaux style, which usually includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and/orCabernet Franc. This successful style has been replicated virtually in every wine region in the world, and it is known in North America as Meritage.

In blends, the winemaker seeks to highlight some characteristics of a particular grape, or to polish off edges, to add structure, lift up the fragance or the acidity, in order to work a final product that will better the outcome of the individual varieties.

Varietals are easier to approach, because they showcase typical characters like fruit and aroma. They tend to be more “extrovert” than blends, in which the winemaker intends to achieve something more complex,  more subtle and elegant. It could be said that varietals are more about the grape and blends are more about the winemaking.

Examples of red blends are Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, Grenache-Shiraz-Mouverdre, Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz. For whites we have Semillon-Chardonnay, Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc among others.