This week, we bring you the soft flavours of Merlot wine. It is one of the primary grapes used in Bordeaux wine, but it seldom goes alone; it is a popular grape for blending with sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, resulting in some of the selections shown below.
Prized for their high acidity, firm tannins and balanced nature, Sangiovese grapes are typically used in the classic Italian Red Wine from the Chianti (kee-Ahn-tee) region. As a result of the Sangiovese grapes, the wine often showcases a glorious ruby red with flashes of bright burnt orange in the glass, commonly associated with aged wines. For a Chianti to be a Chianti, it must be produced in the Chianti region and be made from at least 80% Sangiovese grapes. While most Chiantis are 100% Sangiovese, some winemakers in the region like to blend the Sangiovese with a little Cabernet, Merlot or Syrah to soften the finished wine.
A selection of old world wines with a majority of French wines. A fruity Friday this time. Ideal to have on its own except the Barolo which we enjoyed with cold cuts.