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Red wine online shopping searches often leads to the ever-popular wine made from the Merlot grape. A dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. As an earlier ripening grape Merlot has become a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin where it adds softness and body.
Along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, Merlot is one of the best French wine grapes used in red Bordeaux wine and it is the most widely planted grape in the wine region of Bordeaux. Often, the best French red wine is, or includes, Merlot. It’s flexibility has helped to make it one of the world's most planted grape varieties.
Merlot is often a top outcome in red wine online internet searches. It is made across the globe and tends to be made for 2 types of Merlot advocates; internationalists like the emphasis on the late harvesting to produce riper, inky, purple colored wines that are full in body. Plush, velvety and softer on the palate with plum and blackberry fruit aromas. The traditionalists prefer the harvesting of Merlot earlier to produce more medium-bodied wines with lower alcohol levels. This style shows fresher red fruit flavors of raspberries and strawberries but in cooler years produces wines that display leafy and vegetal notes.
89 / 100 - James Suckling
Surprisingly, "Baronesc". Its 4 months of barrel aging only tames its' robust and youthful palate.
Intense purple color with cherry red hues. Fresh nose with plum, cherry and smooth red peppers notes from Cabernet and Merlot. Combined notes with roasted coffee, coconut, honey and vanilla notes given by the French and American oak barrel. Fresh and round- mouth wine with a final astringent touch.
90 / 100 - James Suckling
A seriously fun wine. 12 month in the barrel has softened the restless character of this modern Ribera.
Intense purple colour with cherry red hues. Fresh nose with red fruits, balsamic and spices notes such as coffee and coconut. An aromatic elegance built on the ageing at French oak barrels. A powerful round-mouth wine, elegant but easy to drink. The result is a wine with a more modern and elegant style so that all people can enjoy it.
Petite Laurence is the second wine of Château Laurence and is made from a selection of fruit from the gravelly clay soils of Montussan. The wine is fermented in stainless steel thermoregulated vats and aged for 14 months in a combination of vats and French oak barrels. Produced from 100% Merlot, this wine exhibits red cherries and spices on the nose, in the mouth the wine is medium bodied with plenty of ripe fruits and fresh acidity balanced by ripe silky tannins.
92pts - Robert Parker
"The 2003 Merlot Brookman Vineyard is superb....there is no better Merlot being made in Australia. It is a dense, thick, juicy effort offering hints of roasted coffee intertwined with berry fruit & chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, long, opulent, and silky." - Robert Parker
Located 20 km south of Bordeaux, overlooking the Gironde River, this 20 hectare, 17th Century estate of Chateau Martin sits on the clay and limestone soils, peppered with the small gravel from which the Graves region gets its name.
The white Graves, is produced from 4 hectares of vines planted to a combination of 70% Semillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes are picked at optimum ripeness and fermented in oak vats before being matured new oak barrels with regular stirring of the lees. A big round wine with great fruit and refreshing acidity. Perfect for seafood.
A first-class high flying wine. 15 months of barrel ageing for offering mature tannins, without losing the spark of the fruit and its' alluringly deep red color.
Intense black-cherry colour with good depth of colour and hardly any signs of evolution. Very expressive aromas on the nose with notes of black pepper, with just a subtle hint of the long cask-ageing, thanks to its great complexity and ripe, concentrated fruit. The long, persistent finish leaves gentle balsamic reminders of the finest quality.
95pts - James Halliday
"A 5-variety Bordeaux blend matured in a mix of new & 1-year-old French oak. All these components are perfectly synthesised & balanced, supported by fully ripe, velvety tannins giving the palate great length." - James Halliday