It is yet another cold winter night so I have opted for yet another heavy, mixed variety red. Fifth Leg (named after an archaeological site where remains of a Tasmainian tiger, along with an extra leg, were found) has been in the wine game since 1996. Their fun and energetic way of approaching wine is something easily conveyed with a quick visit to their web page. Lets hope it translates to the bottle.
Fifth Leg (Western Australia)
- Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz/Merlot
- 750ml (Screw Top)
- I paid: $12
First off, this wine looks nice. A good consistency of red hues and not too murky. The aroma is deep in complexity, a lot of blackberry and cherries underlined with a strong smoke and ash smell. It’s sweet on the tongue at first before the flavour of blueberries and blackcurrants mix through nicely. The midsection comes in very softly and is controlled with subtle oaks and a gentle tobacco. This wine wraps up carrying some traces of blueberries with a medium spice, a little bit dry but forgivable.
At just $12 it’s well worth it. Fruits, oak and some spices make it perfect for this cold, damp weather. Surprisingly soft at 14.5% but don’t be fooled, it can sneak up on you if you prefer your wine on the softer side. Drink with pasta.
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