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Industry jargon

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… a wine composed of multiple grape varieties.

Chianti is a classic example: It is made of at least 80 per cent Sangiovese and is supplemented with grapes such a Canaiolo or Cabernet Sauvignon. The other end of the spectrum would be a single-variety wine such as Barolo, made from one hundred per cent Nebbiolo. So which is the better option? Neither! It’s all a matter of tradition, style and natural conditions. An assemblage can provide greater harmony in flavour, especially for wines that are produced in regions with various terroirs.