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.
Chateau Barrabaque Cuvée Antoine is a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from vines with an average age of 35 years old. The grapes are harvested by hand and there is a double sorting at the Chateau prior to destemming the grapes. The grapes undergo a period of cold maceration followed by temperature regulated fermentation in cement vat. The wine is then aged for 12 to 15 months in second and third fill barrels.
The nose is fruity and powerful revealing notes of cassis blackberry, violets and a touch of sweet spices. On the palate this wine expresses notes of blackberry jam, raspberry along with a touch of cassis, liquorice and toasted oak. Tannins are fine, elegant and slightly firm. Good length,great cellaring potential.
This 100% Merlot is crafted from a selection of the estate’s best grapes grown on clay-loam soils. In terms of vinification, the grapes undergo an extended maceration on the skins for about 30 days. The wine is then matured in fine grained French oak barrels 30% new) for 15 months. The result – a very rich and plush wine on the palate, it displays complex aromas of plum, blackberry and Asian spice notes. Drinking very nicely now, it has a bright future ahead of it.
Lalande de Pomerol is an emerging satellite to the more famous Pomerol. Once considered the poor cousin to Pomerol, Lalande has garnered considerable attention over the past 20 years. A small stream, the Barbanne, is all that separates the two zones, yet many of the vineyards within Lalande share the same geology with Pomerol.
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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