Chris Holman’s Blend of the Month

Mivino encourages winemakers to be adventurous by taking part in the long winemaking tradition of blending different varietals together. Chris Holman has been making wine professionally since 2006, which has led him to work in regions such as the Niagara Peninsula, Okanagan Valley, McLaren Vale South Australia, and Tasmania.  Chris earned a 2 year diploma at Niagara College in Winemaking and Viticulture in 2008 and more recently he received a 4 year B.Sc degree majoring in Oenology and Viticulture at Brock University in 2015. His academic achievements in addition to his technical winemaking experience will allow him to provide our customers with excellent technical support and new ideas, helping them continue to make excellent wines.

Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot

Wine Type: Red
50% Cabernet Sauvignon
50% Merlot
Nose: Black currant, chocolate, baking spice, black cherry.
Palate: Medium-full bodied with well structured tannins, finishing with vanilla, clove, raspberry and plum.
Blend Instructions: Blend prior to fermentation in 30L (7.9 US GAL) Primary Fermenter.

Chris Holman’s Winemaker Notes

This blend captures the soft juicy characteristics I love about Merlot while bringing out the dark fruit and densely packed tannin structure Cabernet Sauvignon is famous for. While I was studying winemaking in the Niagara Peninsula I often found many producers coming out with different versions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blends. Some of these blends were Cabernet Sauvignon dominant while some were Merlot dominant. I found that the 50/50 blend allowed the desirable characteristics of each varietal to shine through producing a wine with excellent balance. This is a blend that is widely used in new world wine regions but can also be found in Bordeaux, France but with smaller amounts of other Bordeaux varieties. I recommend this blend to all of our winemakers who are looking to capture the dark fruit characteristic of Cabernet Sauvignon and the soft, juicy characters that Merlot has to offer. It is sure to please!