Friday, October 31, 2008

** $ Heath Wines Lizard Flat Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot, 2002, South Australia

Review: This is the "practically free" Heath Wines Lizard Flat Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot, 2002, from South Australia. This six year old wine is 85 percent cab and 15 percent merlot. In the glass it is a dark, ruddy red, moving to brick at the edges.

Aromas are bold, deep with oak and ripe black cherry, maybe just a touch of that sweet Australian eucalyptus or cedar. You expect a really big sip, but the palate frankly disappoints a bit. It is big enough in the middle. Still it is tough yet flabby at the same time. By that I mean the acids come along with a bit of fruit, oak and tannins, but they aren't knitted together. More like the orchestra is warming up, not playing to a conductor. The finish actually lasts awhile - a reasonably strong close.

All in all, I can't say I'd head back to it again, so that's two stars out of five. But I need to add a plus for its solid aromatics. All in all, a decent buy at a bargain price. But no homerun value.

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