Merlot is grown extensively in south-west France. In the areas outlying the pretty medieval villages of the Dordogne river, it is the predominant variety, traditionally blended with cabernet franc to produce the much sought after reds of the region. It is used to soften and balance the intense and often austere cabernet sauvignon. Plantings of merlot have also increased rapidly in Australia in recent years. It can be a temperamental grape variety in the vineyard, but when conditions are dry and mild, it produces crops of ripe, juicy and flavoursome fruit.
The 1889 Merlot is a medium bodied, versatile wine that can be enjoyed now, or will reward cellaring for up to 4 years from vintage.
|Wine Analysis:||Alc/Vol: 14.0%|
|Colour:||In the glass, this wine shows bright purple hues.|
|Aroma:||Lifted aromas of red berries dried herbs and spices with hints of liquorice.|
|Palate:||These aromas follow through to the palate where the berry fruit flavours balance the soft tannins.|
|Peak Drinking:||Until 2023|
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