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Kusafiri

Kusafiri
2020 Organic Red Blend, Coastal Region

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 12.5%
Organic- No Sulfites Added
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$17

Kusafiri
2020 Organic Red Blend, Coastal Region

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 12.5%
Violet color. Aromas of preserved plum, hints of grilled meat, and charred red pepper with a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length tar and black fruit finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold and smoky South African Red.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: preserved plum, hints of grilled meat, and charred red pepper
Taste Flavor: tar and black fruit
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bold and smoky South African Red.

The Importer

The Triton Collection

The Importer
1 Innwood Circle, Suite 217
Little Rock, AR 72211
USA
1 501-747-2303

Their Portfolio

BR Kusafiri 2020 Organic Red Blend, Coastal Region 12.5% (South Africa) $17.00. - Bronze Medal
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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.