Merlot - Non-Alcoholic Wine
A popular red wine around the world, Merlot is medium bodied, plump and juicy. Although the taste of Merlot varies depending on where it is produced, it is characterised by red fruit flavours such as plum, mulberry and raspberry, easy tannins and a soft finish. The name Merlot is thought to come from ‘merle’, the French word for the blackbird - probably a reference to the colour of the grape. Brands include: Carl Jung, Le Petit Chavin, Domaine de la Prade and growing every day.
What kind of wine is Merlot?
Known for its easy drinking style, Merlot is one of the most popular wines in the world. There are two main styles and they differ in taste and texture. The international or ‘new world’ style is an inky, purple coloured wine that is full bodied and lush with velvety tannins and intense flavour. The traditional or ‘Bordeaux’ style is a more medium-bodied with red fruit flavours and leafy, vegetal notes.
Is Merlot made in Australia?
Merlot is produced around the world especially Bordeaux in France, and the Nappa Valley in the US. The biggest Merlot plantings in Australia are in the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra in South Australia.
How should you serve Merlot?
Merlot needs to breathe before serving, so it’s best to open it at least 20 minutes before drinking. For the best drinking experience, serve Merlot slightly chilled – around 15 to 18 degrees Celsius which can be achieved by putting it in the fridge for 15 minuets.