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Monterra

Monterra
2015 Merlot, McLaren Vale

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13% RS: .3%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$25

Monterra
2015 Merlot, McLaren Vale

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13% RS: .3%
Garnet black color. Spicy, attractive aromas and flavors of black raspberry pie a la mode, toffee, and floral honey with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long finish with accents of pickled blueberries and golden beets, blood orange and plum, and ground nuts with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, chewy, spicy merlot with enthralling varietal character and balance.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Spicy & Complex, Rich & Full & Savory
Aroma Aroma: black raspberry pie a la mode, toffee, and floral honey
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of pickled blueberries and golden beets, blood orange and plum, and ground nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Teriyaki, Lamb Tagine, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich, chewy, spicy merlot with enthralling varietal character and balance.

The Producer

Monterra Wines

The Producer
RDS 1436 Meadows Road
WIllunga, SA 5172
Australia
61 -412504010

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.