In its spiritual home of Bordeaux (France) and elsewhere, Merlot primarily plays a support role to Cabernet, where it is prized for the soft tannin profile it brings to the classic Bordeaux Blend. However as a standalone expression, it can reach greatness on the Right-Bank of Bordeaux or approachable commercial expressions further afield.
Like a lighter-bodied style?
Look for Merlot that is bright, fruit-driven with soft tannins from Orange, Hilltops (NSW), Great Southern (WA), Chile or Marlborough (NZ).
Like a fuller-bodied style?
Look for Merlot that is more structured and earthy, with savoury tannins and some degree of oak influence from regions such as Coonawarra, Eden Valley (SA), Margaret River (WA), Hawke’s Bay (NZ), or the home of Merlot, Bordeaux (FRANCE).