Merlot is one of the most widely planted red varieties in the world and is an important component of classic Bordeaux blends.
Mourvèdre is a thick-skinned variety that prefers very warm climates and produces powerful, earthy and savoury reds.
Growing this fickle, low-cropping variety is extremely challenging but, made well, it produces captivating, complex wines.
Sangiovese is the principal black grape of Tuscany. Top-end Sangiovese wines are some of the world’s most sought-after reds.