Merlot is a fascinating grape that lends itself to producing wines in an excitingly wide array of styles. Likewise, Merlot is often used as a blending partner adding complexity and finesse.
“Merlot is the offspring of Cabernet Franc and Magdeleine Noire des Charentes”
Judging by its popularity and its extensive distribution throughout the world, one can be forgiven for thinking that Merlot is an easy variety to make top quality wine with – this is often not the case!
Merlot can be a difficult variety to handle in the vineyard and cellar. It requires a very exact and hands-on approach and the fact that it is still not well understood is a further reason why viticulturists, winemakers, journalists and judging panels are often left scratching their heads.