Mellow Merlot for May

A Merlot back in 2005 had me asking more questions about wine than ever before. Suddenly I was interested in how it was made, why it tasted and smelled the way it did, and what food would go well with it. It was the perfect introduction to wine for me and for many others who discover an appreciation for wine with an eager palate.

Here’s what the folks at Leopard’s Leap have to say about this accessible and fun wine.

Almost like the weather in May, Merlot has a reputation for being mellow. And with mellow, we mean accessible. You are pretty much guaranteed that it will be friendly and fun. Why is that? Is this friendliness a property of the Merlot grape, the way the wine is made or is it all in the mind?

Leopard’s Leap winemaker, Renier van Deventer, explains: “Merlot is often perceived to be sweet and fruity and that is because its fruit flavours are attractive and approachable – think ripe plum and pretty blackberries. It is also often described as ‘creamy’.”

Well, that makes sense then, what is not to like about fruit and cream? But despite its friendly face, Merlot is slightly more complicated than a fruit smoothie. It usually has exceptional balance – something that is in its DNA – and that makes the difference. In a balanced wine, tannin and fruit live in harmony – Merlot’s secret for keeping its fans happy.

Merlot’s friendly character and balanced approach make it very skilful when it comes to mingling! Therefore, it is an exceptional and popular blending partner to other wines. In addition, Merlot develops quicker than some other wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, for instance. This means that Merlot is accessible at an earlier stage.

Life is full of complications and challenges and that is why we need our wine to be kind and generous!

Leopard’s Leap Merlot is a good value, accessible red that’s perfect for May’s mellow vibes – @MerlotGirl