Monday 27 January 2014

Bad wine buy-back. True story.

SWAP that sus plonk with a great
$16.99 Fifth Leg like this – for free.



David Ellis

IN certainly one of the more quirky industry promotions – but one that's sure to get plenty of attention – Western Australia maker The Fifth Leg is offering to swap that dodgy red or white that's been gathering dust in the back of the kitchen cupboard for years, for a new-release $16.99 The Fifth Leg red, white or rosé… for absolutely free.

Saying that life's too short to drink bad wine, from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday February 15th The Fifth Leg's inviting anyone with a bottle of "suspect inferior plonk" (for whatever reason) to take it along to a First Choice liquor outlet anywhere in Australia, and swap it for a free bottle of The Fifth Leg – with a choice from their Crisp Chardonnay, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot, Rosé or Shiraz.

For our part, red devotees shouldn't look past swapping that dusty sus bottle with The Fifth Leg's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot, a soft, fresh and supple wine, whose nice juicy red and black fruit flavours make it a great match with red meat dishes.

EXCELLENT-value Chardonnay
from an excellent vintage.
There's a limit of one swap per person under the amusingly-named The Fifth Leg Bad Taste Amnesty; for more information, and the address of your nearest First Choice liquor outlet for February 15th, check out

ONE TO NOTE: KATNOOK Estate have released a Founder's Block Chardonnay from the excellent 2012 vintage in Coonawarra, one that had slightly warmer conditions than usual, below average rainfall, and was one of the region's earliest on record.

Winemaker Wayne Stehbens has created in this a wine that's designed for enjoyment now, while also showing wonderful potential to reward buyers happy to tuck it away to mature nicely for anything up to six years.

With white peach, pear and citrus flavours and a rich and creamy mouthfeel, Wayne says to consider matching it with pan fried chicken breasts stuffed with finely sliced mushrooms and chorizo, and served with accompanying asparagus. At $18, it's certainly a good suggestion.

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