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Mivino Blending – wines to make uniquely yours.

mivino-blend-lockupRJS Craft Winemaking newest brand encourages winemakers to be adventurous by taking part in the long winemaking tradition of blending different varietals together. Blending is considered the highest form of winemaking and is a great chance for you to put your fingerprint on your craft wine.

Blending can be accomplished by fermenting each variety separately and then selecting your optimal blend prior to bottling. You can also create your own Mivino wine blend by combining the juice from 2 or more grape varieties into one primary fermenter before beginning the fermentation. The main goal of blending is to produce a wine that has improved flavour and aroma characteristics compared to each of its individual components. The Art of Blending involves many different wine parameters that play an important role in determining wine quality: Acidity, pH, Alcohol, Colour, Tannin, Varietal Aroma, Fruitiness, Oak Flavour, and Residual Sugar. Some of these parameters may in excess or in deficiency in the individual wines and blending can help correct each parameter to the desired level. The most important part about blending these Mivino wines is that it should be fun!

Mivino Varietals

Sauvignon Blanc

Nose – Intense aromas of honeydew melon, pear, and passion fruit.
Palate – Light to medium in body, with flavors of grapefruit, candied tropical fruit, and a hint of grassiness to go along with a long crisp finish.
In the blend –  Brings texture on the palate and nice herbaceous and tropical notes on the nose.

Chardonnay

Nose – Notes of vanilla, butterscotch, citrus, with hints of peach.
Palate – Medium body, complex, nutty, crisp acidity, great length and body with notes of ripe melon on the finish.
In the blend – Brings excellent body and length on the palate with subtle hints of vanilla.

Riesling

Nose –  Generous aromas of citrus, apple blossom, green apple, and candied peach.
Palate – light in body with rich flavors of grapefruit and floral undertones lead into a long crisp finish.
In the blend – Brings crisp acidity, aromatic freshness.

Pinot Grigio

Nose – Very floral, perfumed, green apples, very vibrant nose.
Palate – Light to medium bodied with excellent texture, round, juicy, with crisp citrus notes as well as hints of almonds on the finish.
In the blend – Brings a very nice perfumed aromatic lift on the nose while contributing texture and roundness on the palate.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Nose – Smoky/hickory aromas are first present followed by baking spice, tobacco, and cedar notes.
Palate – Full bodied with med astringency with chewy tannins, with flavors of mocha, coffee, and blackcurrant.
In the blend – Brings smokiness and oak driven aromas along with smooth well structured tannins.

Shiraz

Nose – Floral, fruit punch, black pepper, blueberry, very aromatic.
Palate – Excellent volume, slight bitterness, crunchy well structured tannins, with hints of blueberry and chocolate on the finish.
In the blend – Brings spicy and floral aspect on the nose while adding well structured crunchy tannins.

Merlot

Nose – Jammy red fruit, ripe raspberry and strawberry, with hints of tobacco and black cherries.
Palate – Medium bodied with candied raspberry and strawberry, with soft round tannins, along with hints of mocha on the finish.
In the blend – Brings juicy acidity along with soft tannins which help to round out the finish of the wine.

Malbec

Nose – Jammy red fruit, earthy, meaty, black cherry, with hints of baking spice.
Palate – Medium body, grippy tannins, with hints of mocha and baking spice on the finish.
In the blend – Brings mid palate structure and rustic dark fruit aromas and spices.

Mivino Varietals

Sauvignon Blanc

Nose – Intense aromas of honeydew melon, pear, and passion fruit.
Palate – Light to medium in body, with flavors of grapefruit, candied tropical fruit, and a hint of grassiness to go along with a long crisp finish.
In the blend –  Brings texture on the palate and nice herbaceous and tropical notes on the nose.

Chardonnay

Nose – Notes of vanilla, butterscotch, citrus, with hints of peach.
Palate – Medium body, complex, nutty, crisp acidity, great length and body with notes of ripe melon on the finish.
In the blend – Brings excellent body and length on the palate with subtle hints of vanilla.

Riesling

Nose –  Generous aromas of citrus, apple blossom, green apple, and candied peach.
Palate – light in body with rich flavors of grapefruit and floral undertones lead into a long crisp finish.
In the blend – Brings crisp acidity, aromatic freshness.

Pinot Grigio

Nose – Very floral, perfumed, green apples, very vibrant nose.
Palate – Light to medium bodied with excellent texture, round, juicy, with crisp citrus notes as well as hints of almonds on the finish.
In the blend – Brings a very nice perfumed aromatic lift on the nose while contributing texture and roundness on the palate.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Nose – Smoky/hickory aromas are first present followed by baking spice, tobacco, and cedar notes.
Palate – Full bodied with med astringency with chewy tannins, with flavors of mocha, coffee, and blackcurrant.
In the blend – Brings smokiness and oak driven aromas along with smooth well structured tannins.

Shiraz

Nose – Floral, fruit punch, black pepper, blueberry, very aromatic.
Palate – Excellent volume, slight bitterness, crunchy well structured tannins, with hints of blueberry and chocolate on the finish.
In the blend – Brings spicy and floral aspect on the nose while adding well structured crunchy tannins.

Merlot

Nose – Jammy red fruit, ripe raspberry and strawberry, with hints of tobacco and black cherries.
Palate – Medium bodied with candied raspberry and strawberry, with soft round tannins, along with hints of mocha on the finish.
In the blend – Brings juicy acidity along with soft tannins which help to round out the finish of the wine.

Malbec

Nose – Jammy red fruit, earthy, meaty, black cherry, with hints of baking spice.
Palate – Medium body, grippy tannins, with hints of mocha and baking spice on the finish.
In the blend – Brings mid palate structure and rustic dark fruit aromas and spices.

Blending Process

Step One

Take some time to determine the style of wine you want to create and explore the characteristics that will best help you reach your desired result. For example, are you looking to make your wine more aromatic? Are you looking to add texture? More body? More tannin? More acidity? Refer to the single varietal characteristics above to help guide your Mivino blending decisions.

Step Two

First, determine whether you will do your blending before or after the primary fermentation. If you only have one 23L (6 US GAL) carboy then blending before primary fermentation is best for you. If you decide to create your blend just prior to bottling then you will need a minimum of two 11.5L (3 US GAL) carboys where each of your Mivino wines will be cleared and stabilized separately. If you would still like to blend your wines together after the primary fermentation and you only have one 23L carboy then we recommend that you blend your wines together just prior to clearing and stabilizing. If you have decided to blend your kits together before fermentation, you can do so now.

If you will be blending after the primary fermentation (either before clearing and stabilizing or just prior to bottling) determine the blend percentage by tasting various options from your selected wine kits. Set out several glasses and blend varying amounts of each varietal. For example, try 50/50, 40/60 and 60/40 blends using each varietal you are making to decide which best represents the characteristics you are going for.

Step Three

If you will be blending your wines together before clearing and stabilization do so now by transferring the desired amounts into a sanitized 23L (6 US GAL) carboy. Move forward now with Step 2 (Stabilizing & Clearing).

If you will be blending your wines together just prior to bottling, transfer the desired amounts into your sanitized primary fermenter, mix gently with your long handled spoon, and continue with Step 3 (Bottling & Corking). Any remaining wine not included in your blend can be bottled separately which will give you three delicious Mivino wines to bottle.

RJS Craft Winemaking Recommended Blends

The following blends have been recommended by the RJS Craft Winemaking team based on the following parameters: Aromatic complexity, length and texture on the palate, most different from individual wines and our perception of quality.

Outback Blend

50% Shiraz
50% Cabernet Sauvignon

Nose – Black pepper, blueberry, black currant, chocolate.

Palate – Full bodied with soft savory tannins finishing with hints of dark plum and baking spice.

French Fusion Blend

50% Cabernet Sauvignon
50% Merlot

Nose – Black currant, chocolate, baking spice, black cherry.

Palate – Medium to full bodied with well structured tannins, finishing with vanilla, clove, raspberry, plum and a juicy mouthfeel.

Spicy Red Blend

60% Shiraz
40% Malbec

Nose – Black pepper, floral, dark cherry, very complex nose.

Palate – Full bodied with black pepper, dark fruit, and earthy flavors along with nice chewy tannins.

The Palate Puncher Blend

60% Malbec
40% Shiraz

Nose – Jammy wild blueberry, floral, earthy, more dark fruit than previous blend.

Palate – Full bodied with Jammy dark fruit and round soft tannins.

Mi-Trio Red

50% Shiraz
25% Cabernet Sauvignon
25% Malbec

Nose – Black pepper, cloves, blueberry, smoky, very complex aromatics.

Palate – Full bodied with Grippy tannins, juicy dark fruit, black pepper, excellent length.

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Fumé Blanc Blend

60% Sauvignon Blanc
40% Chardonnay

Nose – Herbaceous and grassy notes complimented by ripe tropical fruit.

Palate – Medium bodied with Medium acidity, tropical fruit, rich mouthfeel, long finish.

White ‘n’ Wild Blend

60% Chardonnay
40% Sauvignon Blanc

Nose – Lemon peel, vanilla, slightly floral and perfumed.

Palate – Medium bodied with hints of vanilla, slightly more astringent than 60/40 blend thanks to the oak influence from the Chardonnay, as well as slight perception of sweetness on the finish.

Tropical White Blend

50% Pinot Grigio
50% Sauvignon Blanc

Nose – Passion fruit, grassy, green apple, apple blossom.

Palate – Medium bodied, and slightly herbaceous with refreshing acidity loaded with tropical fruit and white peach.

Summer Refresher Blend

50% Riesling
50% Pinot Grigio

Nose – Green apple, peach, pear, hints of floral notes.

Palate – Light to medium bodied with fresh acidity, finishing with lemon rind, green apple, and juicy peach.

Mi-Trio White

50% Pinot Grigio
25% Sauvignon Blanc
25% Riesling

Nose – Floral, green apple, lemon drops, candied peach.

Palate – Medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, juicy stone fruit leads to a long finish with excellent texture.

Pretty in Pink Rosé

90% Riesling
10% Shiraz

Nose – Strawberry, raspberry, red cherry, white pepper, fruit salad.

Palate – Medium bodied with juicy acidity finishing with loads of red fruit, citrus, and nectarine.