Chris Holman’s Blend of the Month
Wine Type: Red
Nose: Plum, black cherry, white pepper, chocolate.
Palate: Full bodied, with dense well-structured tannins finishing with notes of cedar, vanilla, blueberry and black cherry.
Blend Instructions: Blend prior to fermentation in 30L (7.9 US GAL) Primary Fermenter.
Chris Holman’s Winemaker Notes
This blend captures the spicy and robust characters of Shiraz while integrating the savory, earthy richness of Malbec. While working in Mclaren Vale South Australia I regularly tasted different versions of Malbec Shiraz blends. Some blends were dominated by Shiraz while some were predominately Malbec. I found the blends that were closer to 50/50 showed better balance and structure than the Malbec or Shiraz dominant blends. To add more aromatic sweetness to this blend try adding 1 ½ cups of medium toast American Oak chips to the fermenter. I recommend this blend to all of our winemakers who are looking to capture the ripeness of Shiraz and the earthiness of Malbec. It is sure to please!