Soft where the cabernet sauvignon is hard, lower in tannins and fruity. It's why they so often blend the two together. Pure Merlot for the HOuse of Beaverdale is a delight! It's the perfect wine kit. Easy to make and very simple to drink. Matures fast, it's good in a week and keeps getting better. By the time you've drunk the last bottle you're desperate for more, you need to start a new kit off fast! Don't wait until you've drunk the lot, get another one now! Or better still buy a couple while you're ordering!