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Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Its softness and "fleshiness", combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin



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Northernmost Vineyard Growing Merlot in UK & Eire


Lusca Vineyard

Dublin Ireland
Phone: 087-2843879)
53° 31' 22.8252" N

Largest Vineyard Growing Merlot in UK & Eire

Bolney Wine Estate

Haywards Heath RH17 5NB
Phone: 01444-881575
West Sussex

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