Merlot is a medium to full bodied wine with characteristics of red fruit, easy tannins and a soft finish. From a cooler climate, Merlot is more structured with a higher presence of tannins and earthy flavours like tobacco and tar. From warmer climates, this wine is more fruitful and less tannic. Some oak may be used for up to 24 months to give it more structure. Best paired with pastas with rich sauces, pizza, hearty chicken and game dishes.