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Five Merlots To Tease Your Tastebuds

14/12/2020

Juicy, plummy, and easy-to-drink, these five merlots will tease your tastebuds with sweet and spicy notes.

Rumi once said “Either give me more wine or leave me alone,” and I am sure all wine lovers would agree to it.

If we are talking about wine, how can we not talk about Merlot! Merlot is the most all-rounded wine of red grapes. Its origin lies in Bordeaux. Nonetheless, it is now popping up around the world, aided by its juicy, plummy flavours and its easy-to-drink appeal.

As a blend, Merlot helps shape some classic Bordeaux styles, while on its own it has found favour in countries such as Australia, Argentina, Chile, and South Africa.

Here we bring you a list of Five Fantastic Merlots To Tease Your Tastebuds

  1. 2017 Estate Merlot

2017 Estate Merlot

2017 Estate Merlot by Shaw Wines,  Australia comes with 14% ABV. This wine has a spicy nose with blueberry and mulberry notes followed by liquorice and smoky overtones. The palate of 2017 Estate Merlot shows ripe blueberry and blackberry flavours with hints of floral.

2017 Estate Merlot goes well with light meats such as duck, quail and veal, and pasta dishes. Also, this wine goes perfect with mild spicy curries and stir-fries with mild heat and crunchy textures such as Pad Thai, Basil chili stir fry, and Thai red curry.

2017 Estate Merlot won a Gold medal along with “Best In Show ByVarietal (Merlot)” at the London Wine Competition held on July 7, 2020.

  1. 2016 Poplar Grove Merlot

2016 Poplar Grove Merlot

2016 Poplar Grove Merlot by Poplar Grove Winery, Canada comes with 14.1% ABV. 2016 Poplar Grove Merlot is a blend of 89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is ruby red in colour. 2016 vintage charms the senses with aromas of blueberry and aged leather. An inviting bouquet of dark chocolate, dark cherry, and expressive bay leaf define the palate of this well-structured, yet light Merlot.

2016 Poplar Grove Merlot was a test of patience and persistence for Poplar Grove Winery, but they embraced the struggle and are proud of the results. The 2016 Merlot is said to develop for well over a decade. Berries for this wine were hand-picked and sorted prior to crushing, then cold-soaked for four days.

2016 Poplar Grove Merlot won a Gold medal at the London Wine Competition held on July 7, 2020.

  1. 2016 Mt. George Vineyard Merlot

2016 Mt. George Vineyard Merlot

2016 Mt. George Vineyard Merlot by Silverado Vineyards, United States has the aromatics of rhubarb pie and toasted paprika. This wine has bright acidity and is medium-bodied. 2016 Mt. George Vineyard Merlot is a sweet and savoury mix of tart cherries, red berries, clove, and black pepper spices, with a long, streamlined finish.

Located east of Napa, Mt George Vineyard is the site of one of the first grape plantings in the valley in the 19th century. The deep soils derived from volcanic shale and tufa yield Merlot fruit of power and structure.

Pair the Mt. George Merlot with this Classic Mac & Cheese recipe.

2016 Mt. George Vineyard Merlot won a Gold medal at the London Wine Competition held on July 7, 2020.

  1. 2014 Chateau Panchille

2014 Chateau Panchille

2014 Chateau Panchille by Sirat Pascal, France is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The blending offers a more important range of aromas. The fruity flavours are enhanced with oak notes of vanilla giving a beautiful complexity to the wine. The wine is bottled after 24 months of ageing. 

2014 Chateau Panchille has a deep colour, the nose is powerful with black fruits, spices, and some toasted notes. The palate is characterized by a beautiful structure. The Graves de Vayres de Château Panchille comes from vine parcels located on the Arveyres plateau. This small appellation known to insiders offers you powerful and refined wines, discover this appellation.

2014 Chateau Panchille goes well with red meats, grilled or in sauce, leg of lamb, and cheeses.

2014 Chateau Panchille won a Gold medal at the London Wine Competition held on July 7, 2020.

  1. 2016 6PUNTO4

2016 6PUNTO4

2016 6PUNTO4 by Tenute Rosselli, Italy takes its name from the magnitude of the earthquake that disfigured the appearance of a part of Sicily in the night between 14 and 15 January 1968. Far from being demolished, the citizens were able to courageously rise up and rebuild from the rubble the beauty that today characterizes those territories. This wine is a hymn to life, to courage, to the strength that puts us back on our feet and prevents us from breaking, even in the most adverse circumstances.

On the palate, 2016 6PUNTO4 conquers for its bouquet of summer fruit, flavour with fresh elegance. This wine is excellent as an aperitif for its fragrant freshness.

It goes well with seafood and raw fish. To be drunk in medium-sized glasses at a temperature of 9°C.

2016 6PUNTO4 won a Silver medal at the London Wine Competition held on July 7, 2020.

2020 London Wine Competition Results are live. Click here to check out.