White Blend

Cuvée is the French term for the blending of a wine, which is a way of producing more harmonious wines by adding complexity, emphasising the best attributes of each individual variety and also maintaining consistency from vintage to vintage.

In South Africa, legislation dictates that blends may list varieties only if they were vinified separately before being blended. Percentages need not to be indicated but the varieties must appear in descending order according to volume.

The white blend category in South Africa currently offers some of the most exciting wines to be found in the country. The category includes two main styles – Bordeaux-style blends (Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon) and Chenin Blanc-led Mediterranean-style blends that are complex and rich – as well as various other less conventional styles.