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Battle of the blends

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2015 | 10:00 AM

Red Blends are like a kaleidoscope of flavours and texture that scream yummy. They are approachable, reasonably priced, and are interesting wines that are able to satisfy a variety of palates.

Unlike a single varietal like a Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, which is made from the same type of grape (even if from different regions), a blend consist of several varietals. Each varietal in a blend adds a layer of complexity to it - sweetness, aroma, body, texture all coming together to have a beautiful bottle.

What is the best blend on the market? Let's take a look at the contenders for this showdown.

n Apothic Red - a big, bold Californian blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Inspired by layers of dark red fruit with hints of vanilla and mocha.

n MÈnage ‡ Trois Midnight - This happens to be a new entrant to our supermarket shelves. A blend of a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Syrah, and Petite Verdot aged in French and American oak, results in a velvety, plush dark bold and uninhibited wine. Delicate on the palate and very berry nose with spiced elements with an impressively powerful finish.

n Primal Roots, which opts for a more simple blend of Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel which is certainly a lot sweeter than the other two contenders. A great choice if you prefer fruity sweeter wines that allow you to enjoy rich flavours of raspberry and mocha.

This three way is a head-to-head bout for me, resulting in a tie. Each has such amazing characteristics, you can't help but wanting all three. But if I really had to choose one, the MÈnage ‡ trois Midnight is certainly the pick based on price, approachability, its playful inspiration, and its overall taste for my palate.

For the long Heroes Weekend ahead, give them a try and see which blend you are more inclined to like. Cheers to great wine, good company, and a long weekend!

n I am not an expert, merely a wine enthusiast sharing my thoughts and experiences. Feel free to share your own experiences at wineenthusiastja