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Merlot /Cabernet Franc - NZ- USA


Merlot has had a rough time over the past few years. Once everyone’s favorite easy-drinking red, Merlot was stigmatized by Miles’ famous line in Sideways: “We are not drinking any %^@#ing Merlot!” So, what were we drinking before we had this group infatuation with Pinot Noir then? Well, it was Merlot!

So, where is Merlot today? It’s a good question and one the savvy consumer should be asking. All the attention that had once been focused on Merlot, but quickly switched allegiances, left Merlot producers oversupplied for the marketplace. You know what that generally means: falling prices as production exceeds demand and increased quality as lands that may have been over-cropped or irrationally planted to Merlot get budded over to more valuable varieties or farmed for quality over quantity

Today, Merlot is seeing something of a restoration of its reputation. With less bad Merlot on the market, consumers can finally begin to understand not only the grape but the styles that California is capable of -- not to mention Washington, Chile, South Africa… you name it. This sampling of Merlot was quite narrow, with just a few from outside California but offers up a little something for just about everybody. Merlot remains an easy-drinking, crowd-pleasing wine, though there are wines that test the limits from rich and powerfully extracted to elegant and exceptionally refined. The only trick here is finding the one you like
Snooth February 2011
  • Sileni Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Cabernet Franc 2014 NZD $19.99
    Red berry fruit aromas with sweet spice and florals, rich flavours of red currant and plum, beautifully balanced with a soft and silky finish. Enjoy with roast beef or a flavourful hard cheese.... more »
  • Askerne Hawkes Bay Cabernet Franc 2015 NZD $24.99
    Red and black berry fruits of raspberry and black currant provide varietal direction on the nose. Jasmine flower and sinewy oak provide extra aromatic interest. The palate is broad and generous but with a sappy streak providing foil and structure   AWARDS... more »
  • Greyrock Hawke's Bay Merlot 2015 NZD $17.50
    Greyrock Hawke’s Bay Merlot has typical red berry and plum characters with soft, rounded tannins on the finish. Designed for early drinking and great on its own or matched with beef, lamb or venison dishes. ... more »
  • Moana Park Estate Series Hawkes Bay Merlot/Malbec 2016 NZD $25.00 $20.00
    A blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc, all estate grown, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine on skins around 40 days and aged 12 months in seasoned French oak barriques. Full, very dark, near impenetrable black-red colour with youthfu... more »
  • Vin Alto Clevedon Merlot/Montepulciano 2013 NZD $25.00 $23.00
    This wine is a blend of Merlot and Montepulciano grapes,. Full and mellow, this wine is ideally suited to pizza, pasta and other Italian dishes but most definitely to be enjoyed with friends.The 2013 growing season was excellent and this has been translated into a wonderful wine of nice com... more »
  • Twin Totara Kumeu Cabernet Franc / Merlot 2013 NZD $19.99
    Deeply red in colour, the wine shows a wondrful bouquet of berry fruits. Rich and ripe with soft lingering tannins showing complex fuit flavours of dark cherries and brambles and a hint of vanilla.... more »