For centuries winemakers have been blending two or more grape varieties together to create a more complex wine by adding layers of flavour and texture to the wine. E. Guigal is a popular French winery producing wines in the Rhone Valley. The Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2019 is a blend of 50% syrah, 40% grenache and 10% mourvedre with excellent richness, structure and concentration. Raspberries, blackberry jam, black olives, dried meats, herbs and chocolate. In the Coonawarra, Penley Estate's Giliam Light Dry Red 2021 is a blend of shiraz, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. It's light and bright with cherries, satsuma plum, dairy milk chocolate, wild strawberries, star anise and lavender. A kind of licorice allsort warmed by the summer sun.