Merlot

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.

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  • Chateau-Les-Vieux-Ormes-Lalande-de-Pomerol

    Chateau Les Vieux Ormes Lalande de Pomerol 2019

    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.

    $32.95
  • Graceland-Vineyards-Colour-Field

    Graceland Vineyards Colour Field 2022

    72% Merlot, 17% Shiraz, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon

    $21.95
  • Kingston-Estate-Merlot

    Kingston Estate Merlot 2021

    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.

    $21.95
  • Venica-e-Venica-Merlot

    Venica e Venica Merlot 2021

    The colour is intense ruby red. Aromatically, the wine shows berries (especially blueberries and black currant), violets, plums, cherries, tomato leaf, fennel and rhubarb. Some medicinal herbs such as mint and thyme can be perceived as well as a balsamic note that fades into pine. On the palate it is wide and deep, medium-bodied, juicy and dripping of blackberries and cherries. The tannins are light and velvety and the herbaceous and earthy flavors balance the fruit aromas for a soft and enveloping sip. The acidity is generally low.

    $42.95

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