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Levantine Hill

Levantine Hill
2014 Samantha’s Paddock Mélange Traditionnel Red Blend, Yarra Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chicken Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$120

Levantine Hill
2014 Samantha’s Paddock Mélange Traditionnel Red Blend, Yarra Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chicken Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
Medium dusty garnet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of bread and butter and dill pickles, sundried tomato tartlet, spiced prunes dried berries, and olive tapenade with a satiny, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, delightful, long finish with notes of blueberry cobbler, dark honey roasted nuts, herbal tea, and hint of menthol lozenge with silky, crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A powerful, yet surprisingly spry Bordeaux varietal blend with pleasing pickle barrel personality.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World, Oaky, Spicy & Complex & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: bread and butter and dill pickles, sundried tomato tartlet, spiced prunes dried berries, and olive tapenade
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of blueberry cobbler, dark honey roasted nuts, herbal tea, and hint of menthol lozenge
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Shish-Kabob, Mongolian Beef, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A powerful, yet surprisingly spry Bordeaux varietal blend with pleasing pickle barrel personality.

The Importer

Levantine Hill Estate

The Importer
367 Collins St. Level 3
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia
61 -3 860-20-816

Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
The greatness of red wines from France's Bordeaux region can be largely attributed to the art of blending. There are five red varieties that can be used in a Bordeaux red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec (this last is rarely seen anymore in Bordeaux).

The reason for blending several grapes to craft the final wine is for greater complexity as well as elegance. Each grape has various characteristics and can attribute special qualities to the final wine. Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful and tannins, while Merlot has lighter tannins, while Cabernet Franc has a spicy, peppery quality to it. Blending these grapes together will round out all of these qualities; sort of a "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts" rationale.

This principal of blending is used in many regions besides Bordeaux, especially in California, were the blends are often given proprietary names, like Opus One, Insignia, and Quintessa. US blends of Bordeaux varietals may also be labeled, in addition to their proprietary name, by the designation of Meritage if they are approved and licensed by the Meritage Alliance.

Blending in Bordeaux is common not only on the prestigious wines from historic estates that cost hundreds of dollars per bottle, but also on the lighter-styled wines that are priced in the mid-teens. Aging potential can often be directly linked to the price of the wine, from three to five years to three to five decades.

Pair these wines with most red meats, games or roasts.