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Whether you want to make a single grape varietal wine or a blend, RJS Craft Winemaking kits are made with the finest juices and concentrates to make your favourite wine styles. Use our wine selector to learn more about wines you love and possibly discover new wines that might be your next favourite.

Merlot

The Grape

Merlot is a dark blue-coloured wine grape that is one of the world’s most planted grape varieties in both the old and new worlds. It is used both for single varietal wines and as a blending grape. It is best known as the most widely planted grape in the Bordeaux wine region of France, and one of the primary grapes used to make Bordeaux style wines.  Merlot grapes are identified by their loose bunches of large, thinner skin berries.

The Wines

Traditional Bordeaux style Merlot wines are usually medium-bodied with medium to high acidity and fresh, red fruit flavours. New world style Merlots, where grapes are allowed to ripen longer, feature fruitier flavours and tend to be fuller in body with higher alcohol. Merlot wines are a good choice for people trying to get accustomed to drier, more complex red wines because their lower tannins make them easier to drink than other reds wines.

The Occasions

As an easy-drinking wine, Merlot pairs well with many foods. Its softer, fruity characteristics make it delicious paired with lighter foods, like fish and poultry.  Avoid drinking it with spicy foods as they will overwhelm Merlot’s nuanced flavours. You don’t actually need to pair Merlot with anything – just sip it on its own while watching TV after a long day.

 
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Varietal/Style
Region/Style
Profile

Different types of winemaking practices can affect the outcome of your wine. The chart below is a guideline for how we describe the profiles of our finished wines. Refer to tasting notes for each wine’s profile.

OAK BODY SWEETNESS
U - UNOAKED
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
H - HEAVY
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
F - FULL
D - DRY
O - OFF-DRY
S - SWEET
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En Primeur Winery Series
Merlot
Chile
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: En Primeur Winery Series
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 6 - 8
Varietal Merlot
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

En Primeur Winery Series Chile Merlot

A classic wine with a rich aromatic bouquet of fresh red cherries, toasted oak, and herbs. Expressive flavours of dark ripe plums, berries, and silky tannins on the palate.

Fermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Crushed Grape Skins will enhance the bouquet and contribute soft velvety tannins for a round, juicy mouthfeel.

Food Pairings

Serve with grilled beef and sesame dressing or caesar salad and meatballs.

Mivino
Merlot
Chile
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: Mivino
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 5
Varietal Merlot
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Mivino Chile Merlot Style

A bouquet of warm dark fruits, ripe black cherries with hints of cigar box and vanilla are present on the nose, while layers of black cherry and mocha unfold on the palate. The Genuwine Winery Dried Grape Skins included in this kit will produce soft silky tannins.

Fermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins will add deep hues, enhance the bouquet, and promote chewy tannins for a lingering finish.

Food Pairings

Roasted duck with grilled mushrooms, grilled veal chop with roasted vegetables, or ratatouille.

Cru Select
Merlot
France
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: Cru Select
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 6
Varietal Merlot
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Cru Select France Style Merlot

Impressive aromas of farm fresh strawberries, violets, and vanilla framed with soft silky tannins. Powerful notes of ripe raspberries, cherries, and dark fruit on the palate. A true French classic wine.

Food Pairings

Perfect with grilled lambchops or veal and portabello mushrooms.

Cru Select
Cabernet Shiraz Merlot
Australia
H | F | D
Varietal/Style: Cru Select
Profile: H | F | D
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Weeks 6
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Shiraz
Merlot
Sweetness Dry
Oak Heavy
Body Full
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Cru Select Australia Style Cabernet Shiraz Merlot

These three noble grapes, grown in Australia’s warm climate, have produced an elegant wine with aromas of leather and black pepper and intense jammy flavours of blackberries.

Food Pairings

Great with roasted meat including beef, lamb or veal.

Cru International
Cabernet Merlot
Chile
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: Cru International
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 5
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Cru International Chile Cabernet Merlot Style

A robust bouquet of warm dark fruit and tobacco leads to elevated aromas of ripe black currants and cherries. Layers of coffee and dark plum notes unfold to reveal a traditional Chilean dry wine with supple tannins.

Fermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins will add deep hues, enhance the bouquet, and promote chewy tannins for a lingering finish.

Food Pairings

Pairs well with Italian sausage and pasta or Spanish jambalaya.

Cru International
Merlot
Washington
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: Cru International
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 5
Varietal Merlot
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Cru International Washington Merlot Style

A cooler climate style Merlot from Washington, this wine features classic flavours of cassis and chocolate. It is dark and rich with complex notes of blackberries and velvety tannins.

Fermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins will add deep hues, enhance the bouquet, and promote chewy tannins for a lingering finish.

Food Pairings

Great with Italian sausage pizza or Mediterranean lamb.

Grand Cru
Merlot
 
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: Grand Cru
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 4
Varietal Merlot
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Grand Cru Merlot Style

A smooth, rich wine, medium dark in colour with notes of blackberry and currants. A hint of green olive in the bouquet will pleasantly surprise and delight you.

Food Pairings

Serve with homemade hamburgers or roast chicken, thyme and onion.

Grand Cru
Sangiovese Merlot
 
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: Grand Cru
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 4
Varietal Sangiovese
Merlot
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Grand Cru Sangiovese Merlot Style

Aggressive in nature, it is crisp, clean, and spicy with a subtle black pepper flavour. A perfect match for tomato based Italian food.

Food Pairings

Enjoy with Caesar salad and meatballs or a hearty pasta dish.