Untitled Red Blend 2017
- Pinot Noir, Syrah
- New Zealand, 750ml
"This a complex wine. On one hand, it’s like Joseph Parker—it just loves pies and juicy burgers. But, on the other, it’s not as padded or heavy, so in many respects, it’s more like Dan Carter—well defined, suave, appealing to both men and women, and very accurate."
- Winery: Untitled Wines
- Varietal: Red Blend - Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot
- Region: Auckland (predominantly), Marlborough
- Vintage: 2017 (predominantly), 2018
- Alcohol: 13%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
Food pairing: Grilled meats & hamburgers; mince & steak pies; pizza; spaghetti Bolognese
Inspired from a number of sources, namely: the unorthodox Shiraz-Pinot Noir blends of the Hunter Valley; the historic practice of ‘Hermitaging’ the great wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy; and, of course, the Chateuneuf-du-Pape producers Chateau Beaucastel and Domaine de Beaurenard who use all 13 permitted varieties in the their vin rouge (including some white varieties).
Untitled, a wine range striving to be different. The impetus for this unique range of multi-vintage, multi-regional, and multi-varietal wines came from a feeling of uniformity within in the industry.
While the specific assemblage of varieties in each wine maybe something a bit different the reasoning behind the blends are not at all unorthodox.
The use of multiple vintages was inspired by those great non-vintage wines of Champagne, Oporto, Xeres, and Madeira and gives both complexity and freshness to the final wine.
The multi-regional inspiration largely came from the legendary Penfolds Grange. But also Chateau Palmer’s Historic XIX Century Wine and the creative multiregional blending wine merchants of yesteryear used to improve wines prior to AOC regulations.
The multi-varietal aspect was inspired predominantly by Chateauneuf-du-Pape and particularly those producers that use all 13 permitted varieties, such as Chateau Beaucastel and Domaine de Beaurenard. Inspiration also came from The Prisoner and the ‘proprietary’ red blend movement underway in the United States.
The attitude, persistence, and wine making philosophy of Sine Qua Non has also been a huge inspiration for this project.
The lot number on the back labels gives an insight to the dominant vintage, the number of grape varieties used, and the number of regions that have gone into creating these delicious, sophisticated, and nuanced refreshments.
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