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Merlot

Merlot

Merlot is commonly used in Cabernet Sauvignon blends, as it is not very tannic and has a mid-palate weight, nicely contrasting the heavy tannin and doughnut-like palate structure of Cabernet Sauvignon. It also grows in similar conditions to Cabernet Sauvignon, thus making them perfect partners.

By itself, Merlot can produce rich, juicy, fruit-driven wines, but is also prone to over-cropping, which can led to dull wines. Vineyard location and maintenance is important in making the most of this variety.

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    • Origin
    • France
    • Languedoc-Roussilon
    A deep garnet red hue with purple hints. The nose is complex anr rich with rosemary, blackcurrant and black cherry aromas. Full and smooth in the mout... Read More
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    • Southern France
    A birght and punchy Merlot with distinctive plum character and a velvety finish. Read More
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    • Israel
    A surprisingly soft and gentle red that exhibits rich plum and cherry fruit aromas with roasted coffee beans and spice on the palate. Read More
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    • Australia
    • Victoria
    A sudecicute red with bundles of red fruit flavours. Open notes with of raspicy jam and soft mild spice.  Soft and very easy drinking,  Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Graves
    A wine which shows beautiful balance between flavors and expressive aromas. Fine tannins coat the palate, highlighted on the finish by a persistent to... Read More
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    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Graves
    A wine which shows beautiful balance between flavors and expressive aromas. Fine tannins coat the palate, highlighted on the finish by a persistent to... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Haut-Medoc
    An unclassic blend from the region of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon. Soft purple hue with light aromas of cheery, blackcurrant and hints of vanilla. A lov... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Right Bank
    • Pomerol
    In colour, this is deep purple-red, the aromas being open, very ripe and freshly complex. The wines, which exhibit a luscious structure, are delicate ... Read More
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    • South Africa
    • Stellenbosch
    A well made wine with sweet berry and dark chocolate note. Rich and balance with soft prune and ripe plum notes. No sulphur was added to this wine. Read More
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    • Bulgaria
    A great soft and fruity Merlot with plummy fruit flavours and a velvety mouth feel. Read More
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    • Origin
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    Deeply coloured, medium body in style. An easy-drinking wine from the south of France. Read More
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    • Origin
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    Soft plum and juicy winter berries dominate the palate on this velvety red from the South of France. Read More
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    • Origin
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    • South West
    • Cotes de Gascogne
    This is a rich fruit red with a firm ripe structure. Aromas of cherry and fresh plums. Rounded and balanced on the palate witha silky textured finish.... Read More
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    • Origin
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    Deep red in colour, this is a well-judged blend of Merlot's soft fruit and Tannat's structure, making it a full and juicy wine of repute. Read More
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    Made from a careful blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat, this is a juicy fruit driven red. Read More
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    Quaffable, easy-to-drink red; well made and splendid value. Read More
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    • Chile
    An excellent Merlot with a soft, velvety mouthfeel and a plummy fruit character. Read More
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    • Argentina
    A Bordeaux inspired blend, ripe blackberry fruit, damson and warming spice with subtle flavours of pencil lead, dark chocolate, cardamom and black pep... Read More
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    An expertly blended red wine madue using traditional Bordeaux varieties that is fruity full bodied and rich. Read More
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    • Australia
    Wonderful ripe fruit character of blackcurrant, raspberry, cherry and plums. The palate is deep and rich with juicy mixed berry and plum fruits. Some ... Read More
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    The nose is full of plummy fruit character and hints at the spice to come on the palate and finish. In the mouth, this complex wine is medium-bodied w... Read More
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    • France
    • Bordeaux
    Sourced from fruit near the town of Le Réole, this lovely example of an everyday claret has great depth of colour good juicy cassis fruits. Read More
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    • Bordeaux
    Red berry aromas fill the nose and carry through to a delightful soft palate. Medium bodied with great balance, the finish is silky smooth. Read More
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    A classic rich and well balanced Bordeaux Superiore with a plum fruit character and a soft, refined mouth feel. Read More
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Key Countries and Regions

Merlot is the backbone grape in many Bordeaux wines, and is the dominant grape in the blends of St-Emilion and Pomerol. It is the basic ingredient of some of the most sought-after wines in the world (those hailing from Chateux Petrus, Le Pin and Clinet). Merlot also plays a major role in the New World wines from America (California and Washington State), Chile, Italy (Tuscany), Australia (Margaret River) and New Zealand (Hawkes Bay).

Common Flavours and Ageing

The most prevalent flavours include fruits like cherry, black olive, mulberry and raspberry (even fruitcake); root vegetables like beetroot and rhubarb and natural flavours such as earth, violet and a leaf-like taste. The texture is juicy, velvety, rounded and smooth, being medium-bodied and well-balanced. It can be drunk when young due to its supple and plump character; at such an age, it is very deep in colour, often near-black with purple hints. As it ages, it becomes closer to a garnet-red, and the richer flavours of leather, caramel, bacon, truffle and coffee materialise.

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