Merlot hails from France. It’s also the most commonly planted varietal there, and is equally popular around the world. As a more fruit-forward wine and with softer tannins and than your standard Cabernet, Merlot is very approachable and often a favourite among those who are unaccustomed to reds. Merlot’s medium tannin and acidity levels means the wine pairs well with slow cooked food, lighter meats like duck and pork or tomato based pasta dishes.
On the southern fringes of WA, this large and diverse area has five official sub-regions. Along the coast there is Denmark and Albany which have a maritime climate. Moving north, there is Mount Barker, Porongurup and Frankland River where altitude plays a role reaching up to 300m above sea level. The moderate to cool climate allows for ideal conditions for a diverse range of varietals including Shiraz, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay.