Merlot is a relatively new grape in Argentina and, like the nation’s flagship grape Malbec, is another French varietal that thrives in the South American nation.
Argentinian Merlot tends to be a delicate yet powerful grape that is rich in blackcurrant, cedar and pepper spices.
Argentinian Merlot performs very well in the cool, high altitude areas of Patagonia and the Uco Valley. It has a relatively short growing season and tends to be harvested in early March. Merlot isn’t very widely planted.
As the dominant Argentinian grapes Malbec and Bonarda don’t need to be mellowed in the same way that the Bordeaux heavyweights (Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc) do.
Argentinian Merlot has a good relationship with strong flavors, so pair with a big red-sauce Italian meal, a bit of roasted turkey or even a good pizza.