Merlot Blend, Merlot

Merlot in Australia is not a variety you will often see unblended, until recently. It is most often used to add suppleness and mid-palate to Cabernet’s stern, serious structure. In Australia, Merlot is now achieving considerable recognition as a varietal wine. Merlot blended wines are available from the warmer inland regions, such as Riverina, Riverland and Murray Darling. Single varietal Merlot from the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale produces a softer dry plummy wine. Whereas the cooler climates such as the Yarra Valley and Margaret River tends to take on more savoury characters with firmer tannins.

It is the most widely planted grape in Bordeaux, France where planting has rapidly expanded throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils, is relatively simple to cultivate and is a naturally high yielding. In St Emilion and Pomerol, it withstands the moist clay-rich soils far better than Cabernet, producing opulently rich, plummy wines. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of some of the best (and most expensive) Merlot based wines.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in New Zealand, California, Chile and Northern Italy. New Zealand's Hawkes Bay is producing outstanding Merlot-based blends, especially from the Gimblett Gravels.
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  1. Zilzie 'Selection 23' Merlot 2020
    As with all Zilzie wines, this represents outstanding value and superb quality for the price. Perfect every day wine from one of the oldest wine producing families in Australia. ... Learn More
  2. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Merlot 2018
    12 months in tight grain French and American oak. The nose has primarily lifted strawberry and plum fruit characters. Medium-bodied with an abundance of the primary characters carried through from the nose of plum and strawberry there is also a presence ... Learn More
  3. Farnese Calalenta Rose 2020
    Made by legendary winemaker Dennis Verdecchia, this “Provencal style” rosé has a very pale powder pink color. Fresh and soft aromas of strawberry, watermelon and pink grapefruit accompanied by pleasant floral notes of rose petals and broom. It stands out ... Learn More
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  4. Koerner Brothers Adelaide Hills Rose 2019
    Clare Valley's Koerner Wine scored the top gong in the national wine competition. Winemaking brothers Damon and Jono Koerner, from Koerner Wine in the Clare Valley, have been crowned the 2019 Young Gun of Wine (YGOW). "Brothers Koerner showcases our two ... Learn More
  5. Elderton Estate Merlot 2019
    The 2019 vintage shows how superb Merlot can be in Australia, when handled well, and this wine can sit proudly with its harmonious power and elegance. Deep red colour in the glass. Beautiful perfumed aromas of plum, red berries, spice. With ... Learn More
  6. Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Te Kahu Bordeaux Blend 2018
    66% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc. Vibrant deep garnet colour. Inviting aromas of cassis, ripe plum, rosemary, and cedar meld together. A lovely richness of fruit warms the palate with youthful finely textured dusty tannins carrying the wine long to a ... Learn More
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  7. Chateau Petit Picoron Bordeaux 2016
    Founded in 1570 by the Picoron family, Château Picoron has a long history of wine. Now days, Château Picoron is operated by an Australian family. What we produce is as much a celebration of the history of our winery, ... Learn More
  8. Chateau Saintayme 2018
    From the team of Denis Durantou, the 2018 Saintayme (100% Merlot brought up in 30% new oak) is a total charmer that savvy readers should snatch up. Offering full-bodied notes of black raspberries, kirsch, and spice box, it has silky tannins, a terrific ... Learn More
    Chateau Saintayme 2018
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  9. Chateau Marsau Francs - Cotes du Bordeaux 2016
    a well made Francs Côtes de Bordeaux that belongs to the Chadronnier family, owners of Bordeaux merchant CVBG. - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate ... Learn More
  10. Mayer Merlot 2021
    From St Huberts road / Yarra Valley floor ... dark purple in colour with an intense nose of black fruit. Cassis and red plums on the palate with a soft pressed herb and leafy characters on the aftertaste. A mineral note and ... Learn More
    Mayer Merlot 2021
    $50.00 Per item
  11. Chateau Laroze Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    Two-thirds merlot, one-third cabernets and 16 months barrel-ageing, 65% new. This is a powerful wine with lots of character. A complex nose of ripe plum, blackberries, wood spice and tobacco. On the palate, a subtle herbaceous note, liquorice and chocolate and lots ... Learn More
  12. Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot 2018
    "Widely regarded as one of the best wineries in the region, producing glorious chardonnay, power-laden semillon and elegant cabernet sauvignon that lives for decades. Moss Wood also owns RibbonVale Estate, the wines treated as vineyard-designated within the Moss Wood umbrella." 5 ... Learn More
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  13. Chateau Clos Puy Arnaud 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Puy Arnaud’s wine range is designed to be eclectic and creative. Its goal is to offer you wines for every occasion: fruity wines with friends, good Bordeaux at the restaurant during lunch, crisp and tense Rosé for summer holiday ... Learn More
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  14. Chateau Tour Saint Christophe Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    Predominantly merlot (80%), lending the wine a richness and roundness that is classic of the appellation, combined with Cabernet Franc which adds some notes of cassis, tobacco leaf and spice. The nose is fragrant with notes of violets and currants. The ... Learn More
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  15. Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2018
    The Revivalist has a powerful bouquet of black cherry, milk chocolate and a touch of bay laurel. Bold flavours of blackberries and barrel toast are enveloped in a lush mouthfeel. Hardly lacking in structure, the wine is incredibly balanced with ... Learn More
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  16. Chateau Corbin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2021 (En Primeur - Arrival 2024)
    In each and every vintage, the wines of Château Corbin are the fruit of true luxury craftsmanship. Carefully tended vines, a meticulous selection of the grape bunches and slow barrel ageing are prerequisites in the Corbin method to ensure ... Learn More
  17. Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2019
    The Revivalist has a powerful bouquet of black cherry, milk chocolate and a touch of bay laurel. Bold flavours of blackberries and barrel toast are enveloped in a lush mouthfeel. Hardly lacking in structure, the wine is incredibly balanced with ... Learn More
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  18. Chateau Prieure Lichine 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Château Prieuré-Lichine is a jewel of the Margaux appellation. Its wines express the very essence of a world-famous terroir. Every day of the year, the wine estate team shares its wine “art de vivre” with visitors from all ... Learn More
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  19. Chateau La Lagune Haut Medoc 2021(En Primeur - Arrival 2024)
    This Third Growth Grand Cru Classé producer is situated in Haut-Médoc, on the site of ‘The Village de La Lagune’ built there in 1525. The wines typically focus on freshness, elegance and aromatics. They will cellar very well but have ... Learn More
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  20. Chateau Bellefont Belcier Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    Around 65% merlot, the remainder being made up of the Cabernets, this wine displays a beautiful nose of cassis, chocolate, blackberries alongside notes of crushed rock and minerality. There is a great balance of freshness and ripeness, and the palate displays ... Learn More
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  21. Chateau Malescot Saint Exupery 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Château Malescot-St-Exupéry, a 3ème Cru Classé Margaux property, can trace its history back to the 18th century. Over the years its reputation slipped and the estate became dilapidated and run-down. In 1955 Malescot-St-Exupéry was purchased by the Zuger ... Learn More
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  22. Merite Ultra Merlot 2015
    Vinification: Picking date determined by berry sensory analysis. Hand-picked and sorted by clonal batches. Fully-destemmed then lightly crushed, fermentation in small stainless-steel vats by clonal batches at 23c with remontage twice-daily for 7 days. Racked into barrels to complete fermentation then ... Learn More
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  23. Chateau Nenin 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Merlot 68%, Cabernet Franc 32% There is a modest shift away from the style of the past two decades at Nenin, a sibling of Léoville Las Cases. The aim is to accentuate more the red-fruit elements and soften some of the ... Learn More
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  24. Chateau Croix de Labrie 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    The focus and texture of this wine is really something. It’s totally transparent with blackberries, blueberries, earth, stone and mushrooms. - James Suckling. The 5.9 hectare, Right Bank vineyard of Croix de Labrie is planted to 80% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon Sauvignon ... Learn More
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  25. Chateau Clos Fourtet 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    From the legendary Clos Fourtet winery, this Saint-Émilion rouge has all the depth and concentration you would expect from such an esteemed Bordeaux name. The Premier Grand Cru Classé Clos Fourtet holdings have been the site of wine production ... Learn More
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  26. Chateau La Gaffeliere 2018
    Produced by a prestigious Premier Grand Cru Classé B of Saint-Émilion, the Château La Gaffelière 2018 offers a magnificent expression of the terroir and grape varieties of this emblematic appellation on the right bank of Bordeaux. 2018 will be ... Learn More
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  27. Chateau Bellevue Mondotte 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Almost opaque in colour, the wine is equally dark on the palate with its blackberry, black plum and chocolate profile. Full-bodied, rich, opulent and dense, the wine coats your palate, stains your teeth and doesn't relinquish its hold on you ... Learn More
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  28. Chateau Canon 2018
    Château Canon is a Premier Grand Cru Classé château in Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux. It owns pockets of vineyards close to Saint-Émilion town, with a large core parcel right on the very edge. ... Learn More
    Chateau Canon 2018
    $329.00 Per item
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  29. Chateau Canon 2016
    Château Canon is a Premier Grand Cru Classé château in Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux. It owns pockets of vineyards close to Saint-Émilion town, with a large core parcel right on the very edge. ... Learn More
    Chateau Canon 2016
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  30. Chateau Belair Monange 2018
    Château Bélair-Monange is a Bordeaux winery and vineyard rated as a Grand Cru Classé B in the classification of Saint-Émilion estates. It makes red wine based on Merlot with a subsidiary component of Cabernet Franc. It was ... Learn More
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  31. Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard 2019 Tasting Kit!

    Located 35 kilometers south of Adelaide, the seaside winemaking town of McLaren Vale is considered the birthplace of wine in South Australia. The region’s first settlers came from England in 1838, and quickly recognized the farming potential of McLaren Vale’ ... Learn More

  32. Chateau Figeac 2018
    One of the great names and terroirs of Saint Emilion whose wines exude class and sophistication rather than raw power. There has been some serious improvements here recently under winemaker Frédéric Faye. Michel Rolland has been brought in ... Learn More
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    $640.00 Per item
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  33. Chateau Angelus 2021 (En Primeur - Delivery 2024)
    The Premier Cru Classe Chateau Angelus takes its name from the three church bells of the town of Saint-Emilion whose tolling has always been audible from the estate’s vineyards. This legendary property was founded in 1782 and, for 8 generations, the ... Learn More
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  34. Chateau Angelus 2017
    The 2017 Angélus was bottled later than many Right Bank wines, in fact just 10 days prior to my visit in late September '19. Proprietor Hubert de Böuard reminded me that there is less Cabernet Franc in the blend (30%) due ... Learn More
    Chateau Angelus 2017
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  35. Chateau Angelus Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018
    Château Angélus is a Premier Grand Cru Classé A estate on south-facing slopes in Saint-Émilion, on the right bank of the Gironde in Bordeaux. The château was so named because of the presence of church bells ... Learn More
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