Wine: Battle of the big reds (NZ)

Wine: Battle of the big reds (NZ)

Getting serious wine buffs to agree on which is the greater red wine style, Bordeaux or Burgundy, is akin to getting a roomful of economists to agree on anything. Bordeaux is the classic blend involving Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and, to a lesser extent, Petit Verdot and Malbec. It can be all of the above, sometimes with a dash of Carmenere, or it can be a combination of just a few such as St Emilion wines, which often rely on Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Burgundy, by contrast, is a single varietal: Pinot Noir, writes John Hawkesby in The New Zealand Herald.

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