Origin: McGuigan's Wines, South East Australia
Taste guide: Medium bodied, jammy fruit, lightly oaked
75cl - 13.5% - screwcap
McGuigan’s vineyards have been growing Merlot since the mid 1990's, and the vines are now producing superb fruit. Merlot was originally used as a blending variety, often forming the major component. It tends to be lower in tannins, thus adding some softness to other more powerful reds.
Recently it has become increasingly popular as a single varietal. The grapes for this wine were sourced from both irrigated and dry-grown vineyards. Harvest was carried out in the cool of the evening and the fruit was crushed and fermented on skins. The wine was then matured in both tank and oak before filtering and bottling.This is a medium to full-bodied wine with fleshy mouth feel and light, structured tannins.
The colour is bright ruby red and the nose is a lovely mix of red berry and raspberry jam aromas with a subtle scent of cinnamon and vanilla.
McGuigan Black Label Merlot is a soft and flavoursome wine with ripe fruit flavours of raspberry, cherry and plums. This is nicely integrated with the subtle oak characters of caramel and vanilla characters.
The soft velvety texture of Merlot makes it a great partner for a range of dishes featuring red meat, pork and chicken.
This is a wine available only in the independent trade and sells for up to £7.99.
Now offered at just £6.75.