One of the more recently promoted varieties in Argentina, Merlot has a lot of potential. With crops in the colder zones can be produced concentrated wines very adequate for aging, but in this case the vine must have been very controlled to obtain good performance.
This variety has a promising future and allows the production of interesting blends with Malbec.
The Merlot prevailing in Argentina now is not perfect, but an increasing number of interesting Merlot wine has been made in the last three to four years.
History: classical French variety. It arrived at the country when healthy genetic material began to be imported to Argentina. A medium-cycle variety, it has adapted quite well to the coldest regions as Uco Valley and Patagonia.
Surface: 5,515 hectares.
Leaf: folded and contorted, medium-sized, dark green and five-lobed.
Cluster: medium-sized, conical, elongated and loose.
Berry: blue black, small, oval with soft pulp.
Wine: intense ruby with Bordeaux hues. It has red and black fruit fragrances, as well as snuff, leather, raisins, fresh meat and, occasionally, menthol touches. To the palate, its sweet tannins and its more exotic traits are fully developed in colder areas, although in warm ones it expresses a great fruity character.