Merlot

Much-loved for it’s ripe fruit flavours and smooth texture, Merlot is a bit of a hero in the grape world, producing as many top class wines as it does easy-drinking styles.

The grape originates from the Bordeaux region where it’s often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon. More recently Chile has become a hotspot for Merlot. The warm, sunny climate of the Central Valley produces ripe, juicy styles, such as ours, which go down a storm with a meat or veggie pie.

Geek Fact: The name Merlot is thought to derive from the French word for blackbird, merle, thanks to the grape and the wine’s dark colour.