Merlot is noted for softness and fleshiness both being taste characters that appeal to a wide range of consumers. Bordeaux has shown that Merlot blends readily with Cabernet making merlot an International variety now grown in many countries. The origin of Merlot is quite recent with the first reference being from Bordeaux in 1784 while plantings in Australia and in the Barossa date to the 1990s.
Being offered a few barrels recently we had the ideal partner in the Tanunda vineyard Cabernet we make each vintage. Cabernet makes firm wines and the tannic toughness can get out of control so blending with the soft, fleshiness of Merlot comes naturally. 100% Merlot wines are not common from the Barossa valley and the accepted use is to round out and broaden the appeal of Cabernet.