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Devils Lair Fifth Leg Red 1998

Other Red Blends from Margaret River, Australia
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    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

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    Margaret River

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    Home to some of Australia’s most elegant and long-lived red and white wines, Margaret River is situated in the farthest reaches of Western Australia. Relatively warm and dry, the region is cooled by breezes from the Indian Ocean. Margaret River takes some inspiration from Bordeaux, producing top-quality Cabernet Sauvignon with firm structure, mouthwatering acidity, balanced alcohol and notes of herbs and spice. Complex, age-worthy Chardonnays are another regional specialty. Also common here are refreshing blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, as well as earthy, aromatic Bordeaux red blends.

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    CPA23499_1998 Item# 23433