On a personal note - this was the first time Paul and I had worked together making a blend. It was just me and him in the tank room. We didn't argue, we actually enjoyed working together, I think.
But we still weren't happy. So....we decided to take the Cayuga straight and add residual sugar to it. We mixed one that was 1.5% 3.6% and 4.4%. I am not one for sweet wines but with the acidity of the wine you couldn't tell that it was 4.4% RS.
The winning blend was the straight Cayuga with 4.4% RS. Served cold on a hot summers day, the acidic balance with the RS will make it a very enjoyable wine. At least I hope.
A few things I learned blending wine:
- Adding vinifera to a hybrid doesn't always make the wine taste better.
- Adding just a little bit of another variety can change the taste and bouquet dramatically.
- Sometimes balancing out the acid with sugar will make the wine taste better on its own.
- Have a good calculator.