Full Review

Margaret

Margaret
2016 Merlot, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 14%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$8.99
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Margaret
2016 Merlot, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 14%
Brick red color. Smoky aromas and flavors of smoked pork, grilled fruits, and hint of tar with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish that shows notes of dried berries and figs and caramelized and smoked nuts with soft, chewy tannins and no oak flavor. A fun, smoky, fruity, and savory red that will be great with ’cue.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Savory & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: smoked pork, grilled fruits, and hint of tar
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of dried berries and figs and caramelized and smoked nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pulled Pork Sandwich, Smoked Brisket, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fun, smoky, fruity, and savory red that will be great with 'cue.

The Importer

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Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.