Thoughts on a blend of Cab & Petit Sirah

Thoughts on a blend of Cab & Petit Sirah

Post by Greg » Thu, 28 Sep 2000 04:00:00



I am just working out the secondary containers that I have available after
my primaries are finished.

I have now 18 gallons of Cabernet Sauvignon in primary & 6 gallons of Petit
Sirah.

If I fill (1) 54 Litre demijohn with the Cabernet and (1) 5 gallon carboy
with the Petit Sirah, I think betwen the two wines, I would have enough to
combine into one 5 gallon carboy.

Do these wines go together?  And is a ~4:1 (Cab:PS) blend a good
combination?

-Greg
"Sanity is the playground of the unimaginative"

 
 
 

Thoughts on a blend of Cab & Petit Sirah

Post by Tim ODonnel » Thu, 28 Sep 2000 04:00:00


Greg,

Why don't you try a glass on the stuff with it blended as you want it? That
seems like a quicker test, besides, you have it all there, your palate will
tell you if it is good or bad.

Sorry Greg, I just have to jump on this one. If you fill a 54 liter demijohn
with the Cab, and have a 5 gallon carboy of the Petit Syrah, My calculations
say that you will have more than enough to put into a 5 gallon carboy. In fact
if you get all 73 liters in the 5 gallon carboy please send a picture. <Grin>

Good luck.

Tim ODonnell

Quote:

> If I fill (1) 54 Litre demijohn with the Cabernet and (1) 5 gallon carboy
> with the Petit Sirah, I think betwen the two wines, I would have enough to
> combine into one 5 gallon carboy.


 
 
 

Thoughts on a blend of Cab & Petit Sirah

Post by Gora » Thu, 28 Sep 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
> Do these wines go together?  And is a ~4:1 (Cab:PS) blend a good
> combination?

It really depends on your Cabernet-Sauvignon. If it is especially fruity and
low in tannin for the type, then it might be helped by the Petite Sirah. If,
however, it is especially harsh (austre), more tannic and less fruity, the
Petite Sirah might worsen it. Your taste should dictate your conduct.

Gorak

 
 
 

Thoughts on a blend of Cab & Petit Sirah

Post by Greg » Thu, 28 Sep 2000 04:00:00


Hi Tim,

I do believe one of the best lessons learned here in this group has been
testing in small batches.  You point is well taken.

I do, however, have a curiousity about the compatibility of these two grape
varieties.  Has anyone tried a blend?  Is it an unusual choice to put
together?

I guess a little clafrification on my volumes is in order

Volume of juice:
68.1 Liters Cab [18 G]
22.7 Liters Petite Sirah [6 G]

Secondary containers to be filled
54 L Demijohn filled with 54 L Cab
18.9 L Carboy filled with 18.9 L Petit Sirah

The magic mix of the remaining wine...
18.9 L carboy with 14L Cab and 4L Petit Sirah

Or there abouts.

-Greg


Quote:
> Greg,

> Why don't you try a glass on the stuff with it blended as you want it?
That
> seems like a quicker test, besides, you have it all there, your palate
will
> tell you if it is good or bad.

> Sorry Greg, I just have to jump on this one. If you fill a 54 liter
demijohn
> with the Cab, and have a 5 gallon carboy of the Petit Syrah, My
calculations
> say that you will have more than enough to put into a 5 gallon carboy. In
fact
> if you get all 73 liters in the 5 gallon carboy please send a picture.
<Grin>

> Good luck.

> Tim ODonnell


 
 
 

Thoughts on a blend of Cab & Petit Sirah

Post by Tom » Thu, 28 Sep 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
> Do these wines go together?  And is a ~4:1 (Cab:PS) blend a good
> combination?

Why don't you try blending a glassful and tell _us_?

Personally, I wouldn't do it, but I _love_ Cabernet, and don't much care for
Petite Syrah.

Tom S

 
 
 

Thoughts on a blend of Cab & Petit Sirah

Post by Tom » Thu, 28 Sep 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
> I do, however, have a curiousity about the compatibility of these two
grape
> varieties.  Has anyone tried a blend?  Is it an unusual choice to put
> together?

Yes and no - in that order.

Beaulieu Vineyards blended 6% Petite Syrah into one of their Cabernets back
in the early '70s.  I'm pretty sure it was to enhance the color.  I'm sure
that some of that still occurs, especially among the old timers.  I find
that it blends better with Zinfandel, however.

Tom S