Unmistakably Good Cabernet Merlot Wines

This PPT lists some of the coolest Cabernet Merlot wines of Australia. Are you in a party mood? Check out these wines to transform a dull party into something interesting. These are listed below –

  1. Peter Lehmann Founding Stone Cabernet Merlot
  2. Cathedral Rock Estate Cabernet Merlot
  3. Mcwilliams Inheritance Cabernet Merlot
  4. Wild Wood Cabernet Merlot
  5. Emmetts Crossing Reserve Cabernet Merlot
  6. Salmon Bay Cabernet Merlot
  7. Yallingup Cabernet Merlot

The Need For Correct Identification of Vines

If you were given the task of distinguishing the red grapes from the white ones, nothing can be easier than this. And, perhaps, this would be the last easiest thing to do. If, instead of distinguishing the reds from the whites, you were given the task of sorting the different red or white grape varieties, would it be possible for you to do? Only the experienced viticulturists or people associated with the wine industry would be able to tell what grape varietal it is. It is not possible for the people not linked to wine industry as such and not having exposure to the different wine grapes to tell the difference. One fundamental characteristic of the Australian wine industry in particular is that the most of its varietals were imported from Europe and other parts of the world. This has led to great level of inter-mixing among grape varieties.
By an estimate, there are about 5000-6000 varieties of wine grapes worldwide. It is a fact that only some of these are available for commercial production. This makes identification a very tedious task. At the same time, customers have their own specific preferences for popular wines. If the vines are not identified correctly, the labeling will not be correct and it could mean that the consumers are taken for a ride and they are not given the wine which they expected.
Besides correct identification, there is also a need for correct labeling of the wine bottles. There are laws to ensure that the labeling is done on the basis of genuine information. There have been instances when wine companies had to change a whole lot of labels and also their marketing campaigns on realizing that there has been mistake in correct identification of the wine grapes. From the customer perspective, if this correct identification results in a popular varietal being replaced with a non-popular one, it could mean huge loss to the wine company.
Now, what are the methods which are generally employed to correctly identify the vines? In the earlier times, when technology was not well developed, this was essentially done by carefully noting the physical characteristics of the vines, such as its leaves, etc. These were well documented and the research effort was required to identify it. However, in the modern day, this is possible to have the DNA testing done for this purpose. Here are some of the essential ways in which the vines of a particular grape variety can be identified.

  • Ampelography
  • DNA testing
  • Clonal authenticity

Identifying some popular wine varietals on basis of Ampelography

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cab Sauv

Resembles a ‘mask’. Check out its eyes and mouth.



This is a leaf shaped like a shield. Its sawblade-like teeth are rather shallow. The leaf also has an open petiolar sinus. Another distinctive characteristic is that its young vines bear a red node.



Five prominent lobes, yellow colour, open petiolar sinus and leathery texture make it easily recognizable.

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauv Blanc

This is also a five lobed leaf, wavy texture. Petiolar sinus is almost closed. Teeth of leaf are rounded. Three major troughs are also present in the leaf.



Shield of this leaf i heart-shaped. Shallow pointed teeth. Thick leathery texture and puffed look.

McGuigan Black Label Merlot

Mcguigan Black Label Merlot

Mcguigan Black Label Merlot 2013

McGuigan Black Label Merlot with deep dark color, Lovely aromas of red berries and raspberry .The palate is loaded with fruity flavours of raspberries, cherries and plums.

Enjoy it with meatloaf, beef, pepperoni pizza, cheddar cheese, duck or Indian cuisine.

Viognier Grapes- Origin, Climate, and Regions

Viognier is white grape variety. Origin of Viognier is unclear but researchers point it to Dalmatia (now Croatia) and that Romans brought with them to the Rhône.


A warmer climate with the long growing season is most suitable for the grapes but these can also be grown in cooler areas. Grapes of this variety requires long, warm season to ripen fully. Grapes should not be exposed to a hot climate for a long time otherwise, wine’s aromatic notes would be suppressed and it would turn out to contain high levels of sugar.

The picking of the fruit should be neither too early nor too late. If picked early, its taste and aromas would not properly develop and if delayed wine would turn out to be oily and lacking adequate aromas.

One drawback of planting Viognier is its yield is low which makes it a little costlier affair.

Viognier is grown in regions of New Zealand, North and South America, Cape Winelands in South Africa and Australia.

Viognier and Chardonnay

Viognier like Chardonnay can produce wines high in alcohol and not overly tannic. Unlike Chardonnay, it contains notes of pears and peach.


In Australia, Yalumba winery used the grape to produce varietal white wines and creating shiraz blends.

In most cases the viognier wines are developed to be consumed young but those coming from old vines or the late-harvest wines can age well especially those from Australia and California.

Food Pairing

These wines do pair well with spicy Thai cuisine.