People have been producing wine for thousands of years but it is only recently that people have focused on single varieties. Many believe that the early wine-makers produced wine for religious and cultural ceremonies. The blending of different varieties allowed for quality wines to be produced under different weather conditions. If one variety didn’t do too well then another would step up to the plate.
Elderton Ode to Lorriane 2009
This wine is a blend of Cabernet, Shiraz and Merlot that has spent 24 months in a mix of French and American Oak. Even though the Merlot is 9% of the blend it leads the way on day 1 with flavours of fresh mint and baked plums. From day 2 a mix of lemon rind, mulberries and fresh cuts herbs joins the party. While I like the flavours and the hint of grippy tannins the palate is a little narrow and the warmth from the alcohol is coming through. From such a hot vintage this is pretty good.
Price: Under $40
Drink: Now - 2019