A hugely popular varietal, planted widely across the globe. It produces the famous right bank reds in Bordeaux, while also delivering easy fruit driven wines from Chile. In Argentina, the majority of Merlot is planted in high altitude parts of Mendoza where producers are making elegant single varietal wines, as well as complex Bordeaux style blends. Merlot typically produces a lighter lighter-bodied wine, which is silky-smooth and approachable. Flavours vary from red berry fruit and herbs in cooler climate wines, through to dark, juicy fruit such as plums and blueberries in warmer conditions.