El Circo Merlot 2017, Cariñena

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El Circo Merlot 2017, Cariñena
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A bright and youthful ruby red, unoaked with aromas of raspberries and fragrant herbs leading to red berries, cherries and refreshing acidity on the palate.
The bright red fruit and herbs make this wine a fine match for red meats, cheese and even salads.

You'll be left wanting more.

A Spanish Merlot that's smart enough to have won several silver medals at top wine competitions. Remarkably good value
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Grape Variety





Light-Bodied Red



Food Match

ArrayBBQ, Cheese (Strong), Lentils & Pulses

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The Producer

The history of Cariñena has been closely related with wine for many centuries and the reputation of its wines are now being recognised around the world. In 1415 when the King of Spain heard that Fernando 1 of Aragon was planning a trip to Nice he asked Fernando to take with him some of the wines from Cariñena. In 2002 a new modern winery at Grandes Vinos was built with state of the art facilities but keeping many of the good traditions of Spanish winemaking.
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The Winemaker

The winemaker, Marcelo Morales Calderon, has worked at some of the best Chilean wineries, notably Carmen and Veramonte amongst others. He came to Cariñena for the vintage 13 years ago and stayed, as he was excited both by the quality of the fruit and the high standards of the facilities it had and still has at his disposal.

The Region

The co-operative has numerous vineyards with different microclimates and altitudes ranging from 320 to 850 metres above sea level. The continental climate, with cold winters and hot summers, is mitigated by a beneficial cool and dry wind, the Cierzo, which blows through the vineyards all year long and ensures the grapes are unaffected by mould or rot. Due to the altitude, age of vines and large diurnal variation, the wines have good intensity and achieve ripeness while retaining their acidity.
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The rich combination of potato, cheese, bacon and garlic could stop anyone in their tracks so pick ripe reds with good acidity like hte El Circo Merlot which will both cut through the delicious stodge!
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Slow cooker Beef Brisket

A super-simple one pot recipe using a flavoursome cut of brisket. Try with a fruity, medium bodied red from Cariñena, Spain to contrast nicely with the meaty, savoury sauce.
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Mediterranean Wild Mushroom and Lentil Salad

An easy to prepare mid-week supper on its own or as a side-dish with meat, this warm salad has plenty of gusty flavours which need a supple, silky red with soft tannins and the El Circo Merlot is just that.
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