Merlot

Merlot has given us the great wines of St-Émilion and Pomerol, but is popular elsewhere too and is the second most-planted variety worldwide (and the most planted red wine grape in France).

It obviously complements Cabernet Sauvignon, with wines which are less aromatic with less intense flavours and lighter tannins and acidity, but with more body and higher alcohol. The best Merlot wines are often aged in oak, gaining vanilla and coffee flavours.

Merlot is the dominant variety on the Right Bank in Bordeaux and the wines are generally softer in style with medium tannin levels, medium acidity and a plum and red berry character, developing cedar and tobacco notes as they age.

Grapes grown in hot climates show a blackberry, black plum and black cherry character, full body, high alcohol and medium tannins.

Merlot has long been grown in Italy (particularly in the north east) where it can be preferred to Cabernet Sauvignon as it ripens more easily and is a less dominant blending companion to the native Italian varieties. It also does particularly well in the damper soils of Chile's Central Valley.


Gran Verano Merlot

Apaltagua
Central Valley, Chile

Merlot 100%

The Gran Verano Merlot is a ruby red coloured wine and possesses fresh fruit aromas with a touch of cherry. It displays an elegant finish with soft, round tannins

ABV 14.0%

Reserva Merlot

Apaltagua
Curicó Valley, Chile

Merlot 100%

Red with glints of purple, This Apaltagua Reserva Merlot has notes of raspberry and creme de cassis. The aroma is intense, with touches of fresh fruit and a light hint of spices. In the mouth it is elegant, with a medium body. The tannins are smooth and round, with just enough oak to lend elegance and a persistent finish.

ABV 14.0%

Finca Valdelroble

Callejo
Ribera del Duero, Spain

Tempranillo 60%, Merlot 30%, Syrah/Shiraz 10%

Lively, deep dense red colour with delicate aromas of wild forest flowers. Ripe tropical fruit characters. Mineral touches come through against a backdrop of spicy and smoky notes. Hints of just picked grapes on the palate along with fresh tannins. In the mouth it is full with a long lingering finish.

ABV 14.5%

Canti Merlot

Canti
Italy

Merlot 100%

Full bodied with intense ripe black cherry flavours and delicate soft tannins. On the palate is ethereal and pleasantly spicy. Ideal with Pasta dishes, grilled red meats, BBQ Continental sausages and firm cheeses.

ABV 13.0%

Initial de Desmirail Margaux

Château Desmirail
Margaux, Bordeaux, France

Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Merlot 15%, Cabernet Franc 5%

A beautifully smooth, ripe claret, with a deep garnet colour, supple blackcurrant and plum flavours and an intense but soft, approachable texture.

ABV 13.0%

Château Langoa-Barton

Château Langoa & Leoville Barton
Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

Cabernet Sauvignon 73%, Merlot 17%, Cabernet Franc 10%

ABV 12.5%

Château Léoville-Barton

Château Langoa & Leoville Barton
Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Merlot 15%, Cabernet Franc 5%

ABV 13.0%

Reserve Léoville Barton

Château Langoa & Leoville Barton
Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 23%, Cabernet Franc 2%

Huge colour, very densely packed fruit and marvellous elegance, a touch of violets and lift on the palate shows red breed, superb fruits, tannins and length.

ABV 13.0%

Feritas Appassimento IGT

Corte Alta
Valpolicella, Italy

Corvina 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Rondinella 10%, Merlot 10%

Ruby red with touch of violet, great density in the glass expresses good structure. Pleasantly spicy with hints of red currants and mature fruit. Warm, soft, persistent with hints of dried fruit which is reminiscent of Amarone.

ABV 14.5%

Desire François Merlot

Domaine Auguste Bonhomme
Vin de France, France

Merlot 100%

Soft juicy merlot with blackberry and cherry fruit flavours and a hint of sweetness.

ABV 13.0%

Merlot Sauvage de la Brie VDF

Domaine Auguste Bonhomme
VDF, France

Merlot 100%

This cuvee is especially made from a selection of grapes specifically from properties located in the area of production.

ABV 13.5%

Tastet 'Thésaurus' Cabernet & Merlot

Domaine Denis Tastet
Côte de Gascogne, South West, France

Cabernet Franc 75%, Merlot 25%, Cabernet Sauvignon

It is a rich and complex wine, its nose is very fruity with aromas of red fruits (raspberry, blackcurrant and morello cherry). Its mouth is supple and the tannins are present. A heavy-bodied wine that expresses itself with finesse.

It is a wine of pleasure with silky and melted tannins which will seduce you by its very fruity nose. Best enjoyed within 2 or 3 years after the vintage.

It should be served between 16 and 18°C and best accompanies cold meats, red meats, grills and cheeses.

ABV 12.5%

Château Lamothe Cissac

Domaines Fabre
Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France

Cabernet Sauvignon 58%, Merlot 35%, Petit Verdot 5%, Cabernet Franc 2%

The vintages of Château Lamothe-Cissac exhibit a dark ruby colour in the first years. Aerating the wine displays a large spectrum of aromas : notes of red (blackcurrant) and jammy fruits associated with soft spices and subtle vanilla . Well-balanced palate with soft tanins and a very delicate finish. Excellent ageworthiness. Cellaring a few years will develop a complex mix of leather, undergrowth and smoky notes.

ABV 13.0%

Château Landat

Domaines Fabre
Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France

Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 35%, Petit Verdot 5%

Glistening colour combined with an elegant and fine nose. Aerating the wine displays a large spectrum of aromas : black fruits, nougat, and grilled notes. Fleshy and supple on the palate. with a lingering finish. Cellaring a few years will develop tertiary aromas : musk, undergrowth and complex oak notes.

ABV 12.5%

Château La Tonnelle

Domaines Fabre
Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France

Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 35%, Petit Verdot 5%

The vintages of Château La Tonnelle exhibit a dark sustained colour with aromas of red/black cherry fruit. Rich and supple entry, Fruity non the palate with delicate and lightly toasted oak notes. Long and silky finish. After a few years, the tanins soften and then give way to a charming blend.

ABV 13.0%

Guru Merlot

Hoopenburg Wines
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Merlot 100%

This Merlot expresses flavours of red fruits, cherries and pink lady apples. A really lovely drinking wine with good freshness

ABV 12.5%

Hoopenburg 'Bushvine' Merlot

Hoopenburg Wines
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Merlot 100%

The wine has a very delicate nose with wafts of perfume and flowers coming through. A medium bodied palate follows with round but firm tannins lingering on the back of the tongue. Great with meats and pasta, even try with a crab curry.

ABV 13.5%

Huaquén Merlot

Huaquén
Chile

Merlot 100%

Ruby red in colour with touches of plum and an elegant finish with soft and round tannins.

ABV 13.5%

Rosso IGT di Toscana

I Veroni
Chianti Rufina, Toscana, Italy

Sangiovese 70%, Merlot 20%, Syrah/Shiraz 10%

Ruby red in colour with violet reflections, conspicuous vivacity, very limpid and with a good smoothness. An intense and persisting perfume, very refined with inkling of wood fruits and of red ripe fruits. Good flavour, tanning, persisting, harmonic and with good substance.

ABV 13.0%

La Réserve de Rafègue Merlot

La Réserve de Rafègue
Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Merlot 100%

Intense aromas of small ripe red and black fruits (raspberries, blackcurrant and blackberries) on the nose developing notes of cherry jam. The palate is full, smooth with good fruit characters, fine silky tannins and an elegant finish. Ideal with ham, grilled meats or casseroles and mature cheeses.

Moonraker Merlot

Shaw Family Vintners
McLaren Vale, Austraila

Merlot 100%

This is a wine full of subtle nuances from careful use of French and American oak, balanced with plum and mulberry. The full rounded palate lingers, finishing with soft silky tannins. An elegant and smooth wine.

ABV 14.5%

Steeple Jack Cabernet/Merlot

Steeple Jack
Australia

Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Choc mint and cherry flavours result in a soft, velvet finish.

ABV 14.5%

Chianti Classico Reserva

Vignamaggio
Chianti Classico, Italy

Sangiovese 85%, Merlot 15%

The wine is a deep ruby red colour. The aroma is very intense, persistent, delicate and full-bodied, with hints of oak and berries. a full, long, warm mouth feel.

ABV 14.0%

Il Morino

Vignamaggio
Chianti Classico, Italy

Sangiovese 65%, Merlot 35%

Il Morino is a fresh, pleasant, aromatic wine displaying a ruby red colour and lively on the palate. It's easy drink-ability makes it the perfect accompaniment to light every-day meals.

ABV 13.5%

Château Croix Blanche Montagne

Yvon Mau
Bordeaux, France

Merlot 80%, Cabernet Franc 20%

Heavy, opulent and rich, yet the conditions of the vintage lent such wines amazing harmony too. An elegant wine with notes of dark fruits, smoky hints, good tannic structure and a long length.

ABV 14.0%

Château Freybernat

Yvon Mau
Bordeaux, France

Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

A classic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, it has an intense deep red colour and aromas of ripe black fruit with hints of jam and spices. It is a well-balanced wine with good structure, mellow tannins and a lovely ripe-fruit aftertaste in the finish. It was awarded a Silver Medal at the Concours de Bordeaux 2011.

ABV 13.0%


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