Devils Lair Fifth Leg Red 1998
Other Red Blends from Margaret River, Australia
The wine style and brand, Fifth Leg remains evolutionary and relishes the freedom to do so. The objective of the brand is to produce blended wines that are distinctly Margaret River, based on the individual fruit power exhibited. While oak and winemaking can be interlaced, the brand must shout regionalism, fruit, quality, and drinkability. A red fifth leg? Not politically motivated although has been known to fraternise amongst many "social glasses". Often steps out on a limb, yet pays homage to the masters. Always in each others pockets , the spin twins of merlot and cabernet sauvignon mix it with cabernet franc and encourage a cameo from that old timer, shiraz. A cue from oak, and this fruity quartet strikes up some rich tones of fresh berries, rich chocolate and spiced
Devils Lair Winery
View all Devils Lair WinesLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.