Mer­lot In­ves­ti­gate the French grape with global ap­peal

The Herald Magazine - - DRINK -

IT’S In­ter­na­tional Mer­lot Day next week (yes, there is such a thing), which is all the ex­cuse you need to sam­ple a few. In its spir­i­tual home of Bordeaux mer­lot is mixed with caber­net sau­vi­gnon to re­fine its full body and tex­ture. Mer­lot is the dom­i­nant grape in the wines of Saint Emil­ion and Pomerol. While these lux­ury wines may not be for ev­ery­day drink­ing, there are winer­ies around the world pro­duc­ing mer­lot-based wines mus­cled up with other grapes to cre­ate a more com­plex style or smooth 100 per cent mer­lot styles. Here’s a few favourites.

Er­razuriz Es­tate Series 2015, Chile (£8.99 from £9.99, Ma­jes­tic Wine)

Invit­ing aro­mas of red fruits and black pep­per flow on to the palate and min­gle with hints of smoke, cloves, cherry and plummy black fruits, end­ing with a toasty note on the fin­ish.

Vi­nalba Re­serve Caber­net Mal­bec Mer­lot 2014, Ar­gentina (£8 from £10 un­til Novem­ber 1, Sains­bury’s)

If you like reds with more oomph, this blend is ro­bust with caber­net sau­vi­gnon the dom­i­nant grape and a dol­lop of mal­bec and mer­lot adding com­plex­ity and body. Loaded with black fruits and spice, there’s a sug­ges­tion of dark choco­late and oak on the fin­ish.

Villa Maria Mer­lot 2014, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand (£7.99 from £11.99, Waitrose)

From one of the coun­try’s most re­li­able pro­duc­ers, this has am­ple aro­matic ap­peal with an ex­pres­sive bou­quet of black plums and berry fruits. The palate is struc­tured yet soft, with hints of vanilla and cedar and fine grained tan­nins.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.