Originating in France in Bordeaux its both a stand alone varietal and a blending grape due to its early ripening and soft fleshiness.
A common fruit arrow most wine regions, however two thirds of the world merlot is still grown in France. In the traditional “Bordeaux” blend merlot is added to give body and softness to the wine.
World Regions: France, USA (west coast) and Australia
Glass: Large Red, bowl-shaped, allow wine to breathe
Storage Temperature: 12-18 degrees
Serving Temperature: 16 degrees
Flavour Characteristics: Easy to drink, Plums, Blackberries
Tannin Level: Medium-High
Food Match: BBQ Meat, Steak, Caramelised Onion
Sauce: Bearnaise, Bolognaise
Herb Match: Rosemary, Mint
Dessert: Dark Chocolate, Berries