We can understand why people view the blending of grape varieties with suspicion, seeing it as potentially tainting the quality of the drop. However, it’s not the case, blending different grape varieties can help produce a more interesting finished wine. Which is why we look into ‘grape varieties blended’.

There are several reasons why grape varieties are blended. Foremost, wine producers consider using the same grape as too one-dimensional, lacking in character, thus marrying together a couple of grape varieties can add a good balance in fruits, acid, tannin, alcohol, and even colour.

Good blended wines

Bordeaux wines are a good example of blended wines. Many Bordeaux reds are made from combining Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine is characterised by a strong tannins structure (which delivers the capability of producing wines with a good potential to improve with cellaring) and therefore often blended with the softer, less tannic Merlot to buffer the powerful tannin presence, thus producing a more balanced wine.

When it comes to white wines, Sauvignon Blanc has an intense flavour and these flavours differ greatly on the soil and climate the vines are grown. The Sauvignon Blanc features grassy tones and hints of gooseberry, blackcurrant and citrus. It’s a classic white variety used in Bordeaux wines, and is often blended with Sémillion, with its flavour still apparent even when it makes up the smaller proportion of the assemblage. Although Sémillion is subtler in terms of flavour, it adds good structure and, especially, mineral tones to the wine. The two grape varieties balance each other well and together produce white wines with long shelf lives.

Why Grape Varieties are Blended

Grape varieties blended. Secret ingredients used to produce interesting wines

In order to create magic in a barrel, some wine producers go beyond blending grape varieties, such as incorporating woodchips, to maintain a consistent taste or even depend on the oak influence wine endures during cellaring in oak barrels. However, true wine connoisseurs know that the quality of the wine doesn’t only depend on the cuvée but more importantly is dependent upon the right vines, in the right climate, and harvested at the perfect moment.

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