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What to choose: cabernet sauvignon vs. Merlot

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McGuigan Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

NZD12.99

PEPPERJACK CABERNET SAUVIGNON 750ML

NZD23.99

Angus The Bull Cab Sauv 375ml

NZD12.99

Table Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

NZD10.99

Tempus Two Silver Series Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

NZD13.99

Lost Angel Red Mischief 750ml

NZD19.99

JACOBS CK Reserve CAB SAUV 750ML

NZD14.99

Angus The Bull Cab Sauv 750ml

NZD21.99

Wine Men of Gotham Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

NZD12.99

Montana Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon, 750ml

NZD19.99

JACOBS CK st hugo CAB SAUVIGNON 750ML

NZD54.99

Jacobs Creek Johann Shiraz Cabernet 14.5%, 750ml

NZD69.99

JACOBS CK CAB SAUVIGNON 750ML

NZD15.99

Nugan Estate Uprising Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

NZD18.99

Geoff Merrill G & W Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

NZD31.99

Campos de Viento Tempranillo 750ml

NZD14.99

Yalumba Y Cab Sauv 750ml

NZD16.99

Rosemount Diamond Cab Sauv 750ml

NZD16.99

Gris Caillou Bordeaux 12.5%, 750ml

NZD18.99

Banrock Station Shiraz Cabernet 750ml

NZD66.99

Chapel Hill Mclaren Vale BUSH Grenache 750ml

NZD30.99

JACOBS CK DBL BAR C/SAUV 750ML

NZD26.99

Tim Adams Cabernet / Malbec 2016

NZD27.99

De Bortoli Deen De Bortoli Vat 9 Cab Sauv 2016

NZD15.99

Montes Limited Selection Cabernet Carmenere 750ml

NZD23.99NZD25.99

Kaesler Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

NZD43.99

Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

NZD57.99

Yellow Tail Cab Sauv 750ml

NZD14.99

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are two wines that share numerous similarities, however; they are also vastly different from each other. If you are a seasoned wine drinker, you may have a little difficulty deciding which of the two suits you best. Lucky for you, Liquor Mart also stocks a blend of cabernet sauvignon Merlot, which has a balance of both flavors so that you do not have to choose. Alternatively, if you drink wine often, it might help to learn about the subtle differences so that your picks at Liquor Mart can be more informed to make the right decisions.
Where are cabernet sauvignon and Merlot grown?
Both originated in France, Bordeaux region, although each of the grapes requires completely different weather conditions to thrive. Cabernet Sauvignon grows well in gravel soil while Merlot thrives so much better in limestone and clay based soils.
What’s sweeter- Cabernet or Merlot wine?
Technically, neither the Cabernet or the Merlot wine is sweeter than the other although Merlot wine is fruitier and therefore considered sweeter. Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys a long finish and is more savory due to the high tannin concentration. Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be more expensive than merlot wine although it can taste a little abrasive to the inexperienced wine drinker.
Which is bolder?
If both wines were grown in the same area, Cabernet Sauvignon will most likely taster bolder because of the tannins. However, this does not mean that Merlot wines are not bold. If you prefer bolder merlot wine, it is advisable to look for Merlot wine that is made by the hillside estates which has grapes that are smaller and more intense.
The blend: cabernet sauvignon merlot
Not surprisingly, both cabernet sauvignon and merlot can be blended together whereby the fruitiness of the merlot is usually used to combat the boldness from the tannins, which is present in cabernet sauvignon. Generally, merlots are used in blends to sweeten bitter wines while cabernet sauvignon is used in blends to add dryness to extremely sweet wines.

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