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.


Wine Type: Red
50% Shiraz
50% Malbec
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!