Australian winemakers are amongst the world’s best when it comes to creating blends, wines that in many cases can prove far more rewarding than straight varietals.
And a very interesting, and yes rewarding, blend that’s now on bottle shop shelves is Fifth Leg’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot, a drop that winemaker, Oliver Crawford sums up as “a serious wine in a fun package.”
Indeed Fifth Leg is a fun and quality label, produced by Devil’s Lair Wines in the heart of Western Australia’s Margaret River region, and so named after the fossilised remains of a Tasmanian Tiger with a mysterious fifth leg were found in a cave near the winery. How it got there from Tasmania, and how it came to have a fifth leg, will doubtless remain forever two of life’s little mysteries.
The Cabernet Sauvignon component gives this wine dark cherry and blackberry fruit notes and grippy tannins, the Shiraz provides plum, pepper and spice, and the Merlot adds nice juicy red fruits on the nose and palate.
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