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DEVIL'S LAIR WINES Chardonnay, Margaret River 2016

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DEVIL'S LAIR WINES Chardonnay, Margaret River 2016

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DEVIL'S LAIR WINES Chardonnay, Margaret River

  • Style: Chardonnay
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Region: Margaret River
  • Code: DLCH
  • Varietal: Chardonnay
  • Country: Australia

Region Margaret River

Margaret River Located three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Serious vineyard development began only in the late 1960’s following the publication of a report by John Gladstones in 1965 stating that the area had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures within the growing season promoting even ripening. Margaret River’s climate is warm and maritime, with some cooling influence provided by southeast trade winds. The soils derive from granitic and a gneissic rock over which laterite has formed. The region can be divided in three sub-regions: the cooler south between Yallingup and Karridale with predominantly lateritic gravelly loamy sands and sandy loams; the warm and sunnier Willyabrup in the centre with predominantly gravelly loams, but some gritty sandy loams and granitic gravels; and Margaret River in the north with similar soils, but slightly cooler tem

Margaret River

Located three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Serious vineyard development began only in the late 1960’s following the publication of a report by John Gladstones in 1965 stating that the area had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures within the growing season promoting even ripening. Margaret River’s climate is warm and maritime, with some cooling influence provided by southeast trade winds. The soils derive from granitic and a gneissic rock over which laterite has formed. The region can be divided in three sub-regions: the cooler south between Yallingup and Karridale with predominantly lateritic gravelly loamy sands and sandy loams; the warm and sunnier Willyabrup in the centre with predominantly gravelly loams, but some gritty sandy loams and granitic gravels; and Margaret River in the north with similar soils, but slightly cooler temperatures. This is entirely consistent with style; the wines from Willyabrup being more generous than the highly structured wines of the north and the elegant styles of the south. Margaret River is best known for high quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends and top notch Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Over the years, the region has established an astonishing reputation illustrating a consistency in quality and a strongly focused winemaking culture.

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Winery DEVIL'S LAIR WINES

Langton’s Selections Devil’s Lair Chardonnay, Devil’s Lair Cabernet Sauvignon Phil Sexton established Devil’s Lair in 1985, with his first vineyard plantings in 1981. The vineyards are located on varying Margaret River soils from pockets of gravelly loams (ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon) to loamy soils especially suited to Chardonnay. The vines are all trellised on a simple vertically shoot positioned system, mostly in protected north-easterly aspects. The fruit is machine and hand picked depending on site and wine style. Stuart Pym harvests on optimum ripeness, flavour development and varying fruit profiles to increase complexity and blending options. The Cabernet Sauvignon is fermented in static, stainless steel and pump-over tanks at relatively warm ferments. Half of the blend is given extended skin maceration before being drained and pressed into 50% new and 50% one year old oak for a period of 2 years. The two year and older barrels are used for Devil’s Lair’s Fift
Langton’s Selections Devil’s Lair Chardonnay, Devil’s Lair Cabernet Sauvignon Phil Sexton established Devil’s Lair in 1985, with his first vineyard plantings in 1981. The vineyards are located on varying Margaret River soils from pockets of gravelly loams (ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon) to loamy soils especially suited to Chardonnay. The vines are all trellised on a simple vertically shoot positioned system, mostly in protected north-easterly aspects. The fruit is machine and hand picked depending on site and wine style. Stuart Pym harvests on optimum ripeness, flavour development and varying fruit profiles to increase complexity and blending options. The Cabernet Sauvignon is fermented in static, stainless steel and pump-over tanks at relatively warm ferments. Half of the blend is given extended skin maceration before being drained and pressed into 50% new and 50% one year old oak for a period of 2 years. The two year and older barrels are used for Devil’s Lair’s Fifth Leg brand. The Chardonnay is classically made with 30% of the handpicked fruit whole-bunch pressed. The juice is cold settled before barrel fermentation in new French oak. Regular battonage, extended lees contact and 11 months maturation in new oak completes the picture. Devil’s Lair is a member of the Fosters Group stable. The Chardonnay is brilliantly focused, with all the signs of cellaring potential and represents great value at this level of quality. The Cabernet Sauvignon, which comprises a proportion of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, is emerging as a definitive southern Margaret River style with pure cassis, black chocolate aromas, and touches of mint and long sinewy tannins. Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
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