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Cabernet Merlot is a beautiful and luxurious red variety made from the blend of two red grape varieties and has been delectably perfected and crafted in its native France. Now, however, the rest of the world is discovering the grace and beauty of this sometimes bold and fruity and sometimes dry and lean variety, with stunning examples produced out of Australian wineries particularly.
Whether you’re new to the Cab Merlot or a seasoned red wine lover, you will find a range of classic red styles like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Grenache, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Rose available to order online from The Wine Collective. Our selection of reds has been discovered in the barrels of wineries and producers from all around the world, from the ancestral home of the red grape in France and Italy to the New World creations from North America and our own homegrown producers throughout Australia. This prolific wine variety also finds its way into a range of other red blends including Merlot Malbec Cabernet, Cabernet Merlot Shiraz, Cabernet Merlot Franc, Sangiovese Merlot, Cabernet Merlot Petit Verdot all available among our range of Merlot blends. Other blends if interest also include Shiraz blends like our Cabernet Malbec Shiraz, Cabernet Shiraz, Liqueur Shiraz, Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre and Shiraz Grenache Viognier.
For a cool and refreshing summer alternative, consider our range of sparkling red wine varieties including sparkling Shiraz, sparkling Shiraz Cabernet, sparkling Merlot and sparkling Rose. For a more traditional range of sparkling white wines, consider our collection of Prosecco, sparkling Pinot Noir, sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, sparkling Riesling, sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir and sparkling Chardonnay. These wines are stunning sipping wines on their own and also add vim and vigour to a range of tasty summer cocktails.
If it’s a tart and summery sipping wine that you’re also considering along with your Cabernet Merlot selection then our range of popular white wine varieties cover offer the entire gamut of possibilities, and few more besides. Start off with our local and international Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, as well as a variety of white blends including Semillon Viognier, Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Semillon Riesling Chardonnay, Botrytis Chardonnay, Semillon Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc. Our dessert wine temptations include fortified wines as well as a range of sweet Moscato.
Cabernet Merlot is a famous blend of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape and the Merlot grape. The delicious blend of these varietals has created many of the finest examples of Bordeaux from France. The versatile blend enjoys a reputation for being both lean and quite dry to fruity and short-lived. There is no one signature Cabernet Merlot blend wine and that’s one of the reasons this is such a gorgeous variety.
Is Cabernet Merlot sweet?
A Cabernet Merlot can be a gentle, sweet tasting wine with blackcurrant tones and mellow red fruit flavours. The Cabernet Sauvignon variety is known for its strong fruity flavours and for its tannins and acidity, while the Merlot is generally known for its lighter and more plummy tasting wine. The blend, therefore, can be a rich and complex tasting wine with great length, balanced beautifully by the two varietals, each serving to offset the other.
While the famous varieties have been coming out of Bordeaux for centuries, more and more countries are beginning to experiment with producing their own signature Cabernet Merlot blends and Australia ranks highly for producing some of the best the world has seen. The best wine producing regions of Cape Mentelle in the Margaret River, Coonawarra and the Yarra Valley are among the top producers of export-quality Cabernet Merlot. Their spice aroma contains notes of richness, almost like a fruitcake, and the rich red soils of the Margaret River and Coonawarra regions are well known for producing the highest quality red grapes in Australia.
Given the structure of the wine, it makes for an excellent aging wine and a fine vintage will only grow better and better with age, the longer it is cellared. Always store your wines laying down, especially if they have been cork sealed, to ensure that the cork remains moist and holds a good seal. You do not want to discover a corked Cabernet Merlot after ten years of careful aging any more than you want a dry and crumbling cork to fall into your bottle when the day arrives to finally enjoy it.
Food pairing options for a Cabernet Merlot include hard cheese like a blue and cheddar variety, including Gorgonzola. It pairs exceptionally well with roast dishes like chicken and beef. A fine filet mignon with a blue cheese sauce deserves a special bottle of Australia’s finest Cabernet Merlot. For the vegetarians, rich and nutty tasting flavours like a good mushroom dish are also the perfect accompaniment to your bottle. Also consider rich and buttery pasta dishes too. It should never be paired with highly spiced Asian dishes. This is will bring the rich tannins of the Cabernet Sauvignon to the top of its flavour profile and you’ll likely discover the wine tasting sour and a bit like vinegar.
Our complete collection of Cabernet Merlot is available to order online, with tasting notes accompanying each bottle and vintage from our experienced wine experts. You can order online for quick and convenient delivery direct to your door.