Popular, attractive, easy to drink with a mild, soft taste, Merlot seems to be now well-known in Cyprus as a food-friendly wine, able to be combined with many different recipes. The aged Shiraz-Merlot 2015 of “Oenou Yi –Ktima Vassiliades” strikes a fine balance by blending these two different varieties. Merlot reveals a complexity which strikes a fine balance between the astringency of its tannins and acidic texture. Velvety and fresh, Shiraz adds structure and complexity to this dense, dark, spicy wine, a blend of powerful red fruit with French oak.

Characteristics

Merlot, the French variety from Bordeaux, gives a soft wine with strong fruity aromas as of those of raspberries and plums. Mediterranean Merlot expresses aromas of black ripe fruit, along with sweet balsamic notes. If Merlot is aged in oak barrels, we can detect caramel, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla aromas. The wine of this variety is of high alcohol level, balanced acidity, characteristic aroma, soft and susceptible to aging.
France is the place where about two-thirds of the world’s Merlot production is grown, covering an area of about 120,000 hectares. Merlot is also grown in Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Switzerland, Romania, California, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Canada, Chile, South Africa, Croatia, Hungary, Montenegro, Slovenia, as well as other US states such as Washington Island.

Fruits

Merlot is distinguished by large, round blue-red grapes. It grows best in cold soils with relatively high iron content. Small batch production of vines substantially contributes to improving the quality of the wines, as well as the age of the vine, which adds character.

Food combinations

The best food combinations for Merlot are steak, beef, prime rib (baked or grilled), lamb, pork, chicken, duck, medium-spice sausage and pastas. “Oenou Yi – Ktima Vassiliades” recommends combining a glass of Shiraz-Merlot 2015 with your next meat feast! Velvety soft, with pleasant tannins and long lasting aftertaste Shiraz-Merlot 2015 is a must add to your table!