(2008 Vintage) Rawson’s Retreat Merlot is the epitome of an everyday red. Merlot is one of the world’s classic grape varieties. Often used as a blending component with cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and malbec in the famous Bordeaux wines, recently merlot has gained in stature as a stand alone variety, applauded for its generosity of fruit, softness of tannin and immediate approachability. Rawson’s Retreat Merlot has delicious red and black berry fruit characteristics with lifted herbal and floral notes, all supported by subtle cedary oak. This delightful wine is best matched to pasta with tomato-based sauces or other Mediterranean inspired dishes.