Merlot, meaning “young blackbird” in French, can be identified by its loose bunches and large berries. These grapes are black-blue and thin skinned and contain high levels of the chemical “Resveratrol”. They thrive in cold soil but tend to bud early, leaving them at risk of cold frost damage.
- Grassy with berry notes
- Fresh with surprisingly low acids
- Hints of herbs and earthiness
- Great rich color that is held by good tannins
- Light body with herbal notes
- Used in Italy to soften the higher acidic varieties of reds in many blend including Chianti
- Current and Plum with hints of cloves and green olives
- Wine responds well to 8-16 months of aging
- Blends well with Syrah, Cabernet, and Sangiovese
- Without oak, this wine has very bright berry flavours. When oak is added there is a deeper undertone of smoke and it adds more body and colour.
- More of a lighter to medium bodied wine