Two Vines Merlot 750ml
Merlot from washington state
About Two Vines Merlot. After the grapes were crushed and first fermented for 6-10 days on skins to extract optimal colour and flavour, the juice then underwent a further fermentation in stainless steel tanks followed by aging for over 12 months exclusively in oak barrels resulting in a plush and balanced Merlot showcasing aromas of cola, cream soda and caramel leading to expressions of vanilla, strawberry jam and cocoa. Flavours of spice round up the silky finish.
Pairs well with: beef, lamb, veal.
Best suited for: wine enthusiast, easy-drinking, great for hosting parties with, to be served as a quality house wine by the glass in a bar, pub or restaurant.
Grapes: 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah
Bottle size: 750ml
Alcohol: 13.5%. Serve at room temperature.
About Merlot grape:
Merlot, a grape of French origin, is the second most popular red grape in America, after Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemakers love Merlot grapes because they are easy to grow and quick to ripen.
A versatile red variety that is known for being soft, silky, generous on fruit and low in tannins, this makes Merlot an easy drinking wine that pairs well with a wide range of foods and drinks well on its own. The wine is often said to have a plummy taste and notes of chocolate. Merlot is considered as an approachable grape varietal and is often recommended as the first red wine someone new to red wine should drink.
Because of its unique ability to add softness and fruit to a wine, Merlot grape is often used to blend with other grapes, especially Cabernet Sauvignon to produce some of the finest wines in the world, like the famously renowned Bordeaux wine blend. It also dominates in blends with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grape.
However, since its arrival in America, the winemakers particularly in the California’s Napa Valley often make wines using 100% Merlot grape.
In the New World regions of California, Washington, Australia, Chile where the climate is warmer, this bring out variety of fruit flavors in merlot – such as black cherry, plum and jam flavors, along with softer tannins and medium to low acidity. When oaked, secondary flavors like vanilla, leather, tobacco and earth emerge from the wine.