DEVIL'S LAIR WINES Chardonnay, Margaret River
" …lightly toasted cashew nut bouquet, the palate fine and tight, intense and nicely balanced… Terrific intensity and persistence… An amazing wine and superb value for money. And this is just the regular bottling, not a reserve. "
95 points, Huon Hooke
"Trembles on the brink of heading to sauvignon blanc territory, but doesn't fall. It is finer and more elegant than the usual complex Margaret River model, and also has exceptional length and balance to its stone fruit and citrus base." 95 points James Halliday.
"Leaner styles of chardonnay are still in vogue, at least at the winemaker level.
Gone are the days of voluptuous Devil’s Lair chardonnay releases. This is crisp and lean with complexity – and length – as compensation. Whether or not this compensation cuts it, so to speak, with the people who buy it remains to be seen. Lettuce leaves, grapefruit, nectarine and citrus, with a (minor) shot of matchstick-like funk and toasty, cedary inflections. Truth is that it smells and tastes quality but the acidity feels high and a green grass note hovers. What it really needs is another year in bottle." 92 points Campbell Mattinson.
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.