The 2017 Vina Leyda Merlot Reserva is a superb value Chilean merlot. Boasting complex yet refined aromas of raspberry, cherry and spices with hints of dark chocolate and herbs. On the palate it is well-structured with good weight and balance. Rich dark fruit flavours dominate but there is good acidity and ripe tannins before a long, smooth finish completes the superb experience.
3 Point Summary
Complex aromas of red fruit and spice, well-structured mouthfeel and a long finish.
Did you know..?
This wine is aged for 8 months in used French oak barrels not new in order to maintain the fruit profile.
Fillet Steak with Roasted vegetables and Grilled Mushrooms
Pork Belly Baked in Miso
Serve at Temp
18 *C / 64 *F
MERLOT - Merlot is a red wine variety with strong historic ties to Bordeaux and the southwest of France but it is now widely planted across the world and, in terms of the volumes, it is rivalled only by Bordeaux companion, Cabernet Sauvignon. Smooth, rounded and "easy drinking" are common descriptions of Merlot wines.DYK? Merlot grapes are used to soften wines made from more tannic varieties because they are relatively large in relation to their pips and the thickness of the skins, in which tannins are found.
RAPEL VALLEY, CHILE is located in Chile's Central Valley and produces roughly a quarter of all Chilean wine. It runs directly south for 60 miles from the edges of Maipo Valley to the edge of the Colchagua province. The warm, dry region makes a wide range of wine styles, ranging from everyday wines to some of Chile's most expensive and prestigious offerings. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Carmenere are the most important grape varieties planted here and the intense sunlight and fresh breezes make Rapel Valley a good place to produce Merlot.