Omaka Springs Estates Merlot is aged for 10 months in 20% new American Oak barriques. This cool climate example of the varietal is medium bodied, displays vibrant ruby red to plum hues and is full of tempting berry flavours. It is well structured, showing great fruit depth balanced with a gentle influence of oak and presenting softly integrated tannins.
Varietal: 100% Merlot
Appellation: Southern Valleys, Marlborough
Vineyard: Kennedys Road and Falveys Road Estate Vineyards
Barrel Aging: 10 months, American Oak Barriques (20% new)
Foods: Omaka Springs Merlot is a lighter example; try pairing it with foods of the same weight such a pasta dish with tomato sauce, grilled vegetables such as capsicums, courgettes, and eggplant, radicchio, roast chicken, pork, mushroom based foods, gourmet pizzas, steaks, heavier fish like tuna or salmon, pancetta/bacon, charcuterie (pâtés, terrines, and salami). Will pair nicely with pungent spices like cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper, but be wary, too much spice will bring out the alcohol in the Merlot. For fruits try prunes, apricots, and red grapes. Fruits served in heavy syrup like pears work well too.
Cheeses: Parmesan, Romano, Brie, Manchego, Gouda, Gruyere, Camembert, Cheddar, and Edam.