Well-suited as blended, or as single varietal
Merlot is a black grape variety that grows in moderate and warm climates. Typically, a single varietal Merlot is dry with medium acidity and tannins. It is often blended with grape varieties of high acidity and tannins, like Cabernet Sauvignon, to bring a smooth and balanced mouthfeel with red-fruit flavours. The most famous Merlot-dominated wine region is the Right Bank of Bordeaux, in which wines from Saint-Émilion AOC and Pomerol AOC are two of the most sought-after today.
Characteristics: Medium acidity, medium tannins, rich red-fruit flavours (strawberry, red plum) and herbaceous notes (green bell pepper, capsicum)