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 / Malbec

Wine Type: Red
50% Cabernet Sauvignon
50% Malbec
Nose: Black currant, black cherry, mint, earthy, floral.
Palate: Full bodied with deep, rich flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, and cedar finishing with dense chewy tannins.
Blend Instructions: Blend prior to fermentation in 30L (7.9 US GAL) Primary Fermenter.

Chris Holman’s Winemaker Notes

This blend captures everything I love about Cabernet Sauvignon while bringing out the rustic dark fruit, spicy, and earthy aromas of Malbec. While travelling through Bordeaux France I tasted many Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec blends that were Cabernet Sauvignon dominant. While assembling these Mivino blends I decided to try a 50/50 blend of these two varietals and I was pleasantly surprised with the results! This is a blend that is widely used in both new and old world wine regions around the world but tends to be more popular in new world regions such as Australia and Chile. I recommend this blend to all of our winemakers who are looking to craft a full bodied red wine that has a nice balance of rich black currant aromas from the Cabernet Sauvignon along with earthy and floral undertones from the Malbec. It is sure to please!