It’s International Merlot Day on 7th November, a designated day to celebrate one of the world’s best loved red wines, which happens to be the most popular wine in South Africa. There’s so much to love about Merlot, with its seductive oh-so-smooth mouthfeel and generous juicy dark and red fruits layered with herbal notes and spices, with undertones of vanilla and mocha, often accompanied by hints of violets, cedarwood and tobacco leaves. Merlot is also a flexible food-friendly wine and ages excellently.