One of the original red Bordeaux varieties that is principally grown for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in the Bordeaux style. Its softness and fleshiness, combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin. There are two main styles of Merlot produced today. The ""International style"" tends to emphasize late harvesting to gain physiological ripeness and produce inky, purple colored wines that are full in body with high alcohol and lush, velvety tannins with intense, plum and blackberry fruit. The traditional ""Bordeaux style"" of Merlot involves harvesting Merlot earlier to maintain acidity and producing more medium-bodied wines with moderate alcohol levels that have fresh, red fruit flavors (raspberries, strawberries) and potentially leafy, vegetal notes.
79% Merlot, 17% Shiraz, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon with half barrel matured and the balance in tank. Merlot, the backbone of the blend, is from vines planted in 2003. Elevation from 100m-150m. Soil types fall mainly under the heavier Klapmuts, over decomposed granite. Clay lies 1m-1.2m down.
Clare Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine producing areas. The unique combination of geography, geology and climate is synonymous for producing high quality wines. The 2019 vintage was dominated by drought conditions, resulting in early ripening of high quality fruit.
The Me-Mo Rosso is Terre Gaie’s interpretation of a modern and dynamic red wine. Fruit forward, rich and mouthwatering, showing generous red fruits complemented by spicy notes giving an overall impression reminiscent mountain herbs (amaro). The fresh and fruity Merlot is bolstered by the complexity contributed by 15% Montepulciano sourced from the winery estate vineyards. Not technically allowed in an Italian wine labeled Merlot, but it makes for a great combination.
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