The Fifth Leg Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is a serious wine in a fun package. Shiraz provides the backbone to this wine with plenty of plum, pepper and spice. Cabernet Sauvignon delivers dark cherry and blackberry fruit, with nice grippy tannins, while Merlot fills out the mid-palate with plenty of juicy, fleshy red fruits.
For our Dry Creek Valley Merlot, we crushed the Merlot grapes together with Petite Sirah to achieve dark fruit flavors and enhance the tannic structure in the wine. The grapes were cold soaked to extract vivid color and flavor. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged on fine lees to soften the mouthfeel. Our Merlot was aged for seven months in a combination of French and American oak barrels to impart notes of chocolate and vanilla in the finished wine
The fruit darker with raspberry coulis, mulberry, hints of marmalade and crushed rose petals coming forth. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, gently gripping the mouth and demonstrating admirable weight and complexity. You might almost think there was some Cabernet Franc towards the finish thanks to the subtle peppery notes coming through. It is probably ready to drink now, but the substance here suggests that it will age for another decade and continue to offer pleasure long after.
A sumptuously deep garnet-red.
A rich bouquet, with scents of red berry fruits, blackcurrants and blackberries, perfectly melded with attractive vanilla notes.
Soft yet well-structured, with hints of wild berry fruits (especially raspberries and blackberries) and spices. A very long finish.
Table Mountain is one of the world's most iconic landmarks: singular, enduring and awe-inspiring to those at the foot of Africa. For centuries, it has stood as a welcoming beacon, leading the way to the Cape and its famous Winelands. It was here, more than 350 years ago, that the first vineyards were planted to ripen under the summer sun, but also cooled by ocean breezes to concentrate grape flavours.
Ruby red, beautifully soft and easy-drinking, its lovely ripe plum and red fruit flavours almost jump out of the glass. A great match with red meats like roast lamb, stews, grilled meat, carpaccio and kidneys.