How do blends compare to single varietals?

Published by Tamara Harrison - 29th Jul 2020

It’s a question that’s been tossed around cellars for years. By definition, a blend refers to separate parcels of wine that have been mixed together and can often be identified by its name – think Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre (GSM) and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (SSB). The grape that’s most prominent in the bottle is usually listed first, which means selecting a blend that features a varietal you’re familiar with is a good place to start. 

But that’s where these common myths begin to creep in. 

Myth #1: Blends are made with leftover grapes. You’d be forgiven if the thought has crossed your mind, but this widely rumoured myth couldn’t be farther from the truth. Blended wines are true passion projects that require months of meticulous planning. Like any single varietal, winemakers will grow or source grapes with a particular blend in mind. 

Myth #2: Blends don’t taste as good as single varietals. When multiple grapes are combined, their flavours and aromas join forces to complement one another, creating a complex drop that’s just as delicious (if not tastier!) than its single-varietal counterpart. Selecting the right fruit, ratios and ageing process requires extensive experience and an intimate knowledge of the grapes in question, and that’s how we know your Naked winemakers are up to the task!

Myth #3: Blends aren’t popular. From Champagne and Rioja to Chianti and Port, some of the world’s most beloved wines are blends. They’re becoming so celebrated, in fact, that blended wines are in the top three categories of fastest growing wines globally.

We could go on but we’d be here all day. You’ve got wine to discover!