Little Penguin Cabernet Merlot 2008, Australia

Who doesn’t love a cute, cuddly penguin? Before I get the nature lovers all in a snit, let me point out that I am referring to the wine brand, not the flight challenged birds of the south pole.

Despite the timid creature on the label, the wines they provide are earth shaking elephants with sharp tusks, trunk-loads of tannins (well the reds, anyways) and large footprint fruit. If you were to herd up all the wines in the Little Penguin portfolio, the Cabernet-Merlot would be the leader of the pack. The wine does not show any complexity on any level, it just pounds and hammers. Cabernet and Merlot are used like the Drum and Guitar duo White Stripes.

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