Merlot is a dark blue–colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Its softness and "fleshiness", combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin.[1
Aroma: Ripe fruit, toasts, coffee, cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla.
Colour: Bright and deep ripe cherry red.
Taste: Round, well balanced and very elegant. Fruity and mellow toast together with spices and chocolate. A long and intense aftertaste of red liquorice.
Alcohol: Alcohol level of Carillonade Merlot is 13% Vol
Serving Temp: Room (60–68 ºF / 16–20 ºC)