Bats Blood Merlot – the Transylvanian Treat

bats blood merlotBats Blood Merlot really does fly in from the ancient and legendary Banat area of Transylvania in Romania. This has been a wine producing area for thousands of years.

Legend has it that Banat was where Bacchus, the god of wine, spent his childhood. It is also an area benefiting from centuries of influence from Hungarian, Bavarian and Austrian immigrants, all contributing their own viticulture traditions and experience.

This single varietal Merlot is grown and produced at Cremela Recas in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. This estate bottled deep, dark red is a Trocken Rotwein which translates as ‘dry red wine’. But it still has a rich fruit bite (as you’d expect from a Transylvanian bat!).

The subtle hints of wild dark fruits are predominant, with a smooth dry finish and hints of black cherries.

No bats were harmed in the making of this wine…..


Region: Banat, Romania

Grape Variety: 100% Merlot

Wine Style Guide Rating: D

(with A being the lightest and E being the most powerful and full bodied)


About the Winemaker

hartley smithers bats bloodBats Blood is produced by renowned Australian winemaker Hartley Smithers, chief winemaker for Casella. He travels to Transylvania after the Australian wine season to make this moreish Merlot.

Graduating from the University of Viticulture and Oenology, in Adelaide, Australia, Hartley and his winemaker wife Nora Iriarte, have brought New World innovation and investments in modern technology to the Romanian wine industry.

Read more about Bats Blood Merlot at batsblood.com


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