Bordeaux blends are wines made from at least two of the classic Bordeaux varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec – but the classic French region isn’t the only place you’ll find these popular wines. Winemakers the world over are crafting ’myriad versions of these versatile grapes, and for this week’s #HandpickedDrinks we’ve picked five of the highest scoring from the 2019 IWSC for you to try.
In the southern hemisphere, try Kanonkop’s legendary Paul Sauer 2016 – named after the estate’s founder and deemed one of South Africa’s finest reds (read our profile of the estate here) – or an elegant Merlot-dominated blend from Corazon del Sol in Argentina. Finally, we conclude in New Zealand, with a powerful blend from Pask Winery in the renowned Gimblett Gravels region, which founder Chris Pask established when he first planted vines in 1981.
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