The word merlot translates to “young blackbird” in French.
The name was thought to have been given because of the grape’s beautiful blue-black color.
Merlot is the second-most planted grape in the entire world, and is the most planted variety in Bordeaux.
France is home to nearly two thirds of the worlds Merlot plantings.
Château Pétrus is a Bordeaux wine estate that only produces Merlot. Wines from here have an average price of $6500!
The classic Merlot grape produces a soft and medium bodied red wine. Flavours such as plums, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, cocoa and black pepper tones often dominate. This wine has a beautiful ruby colour and is midway between translucent and opaque. Whilst the levels of tannin are generally lower than in other red wines, don’t underestimate how delicious and complex this wine can be.
We source our Merlot from Mudgee, where with its warm days and cool nights, along with drier conditions, it has proven to be ideal for growing Merlot. In keeping with our philosophy to always source carefully selected grapes from well known growing regions within Australia, our new Alessandro Reserve Merlot has been crafted from a single vineyard from this renowned NSW region.
Not seen in our collection since 2005 as a single vineyard, single varietal Reserve, it was time to revisit this deliciously aromatic and fruit-forward wine.
Why has Merlot been missing for so long…….could this be due to one line in the 2004 film Sideways?
The set-up: Thomas Haden Church’s womanizing character Jack tries to get Paul Giamatti’s wine snob character Miles to join him and even drink a glass of Merlot.
Miles’ retort — “If anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving, I am NOT drinking any (expletive) Merlot!” — sent shock waves.
Merlot is popular has such a versatility when it comes to food, as it can match almost any dish.
Ideal pairings include Medium rare steak, BBQ pork ribs, root vegetable warm salads, Italian classics, and all manner of harvest foods. If pairing with a fish, go for fatty fish like salmon with a sticky sauce, also avoid spicy foods, where it can either overwhelm or be overwhelmed.
This super versatile food wine really lends itself to a classic pizza. Add any topping you want, from delicious vegetarian options, all the way through to the meatiest meat lovers you can imagine.
Our newly released Alessandro Reserve Merlot has been included in our Summer Winemaker’s Selection, stream Sideways, make yourself a homemade pizza, and come to your own conclusion about this much misunderstood and under appreciated wine!