Tag Archives: Devil’s Lair

Western Australia cabernet sauvignon

Margaret River is kicking a lot of goals with cabernet. I’ve just uploaded about 118 new-release cabernets and Margaret River has excelled. The top Xanadu pair, the Reserve and Stevens Road, were excellent last year with their 2011 vintages but the 2012s are just as exciting.

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Winemaker musical chairs in Margaret River

Musical chairs in key Margaret River winery positions. The winery manager and chief winemaker at Devil’s Lair (tastings), Oliver Crawford (pictured above), is going to Vasse Felix (tastings) as general manager in mid-October. This won’t affect Vasse’s Winemaker of the Year award-winning chief winemaker Virginia Willcock, who

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Indulge Yourself

Devil’s Lair 9th Chamber Chardonnay, Margaret River 2011 $100 Value: fair This is amazingly youthful, the palate tight and reserved, fine and understated. Malt, nougat and floral aromas mingle with butterscotch and a hint of marzipan. The acidity is seamless, the complexity subtly stated. A

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

I sometimes wonder if Australian wine drinkers appreciate the value for money they are served up by the bigger companies? In this month’s upload of over 100 cabernet sauvignons and cabernet blends, one of the great value buys is Saltram’s Pepperjack, a perennial good-value brand,

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Wine Of The Week

Fifth Leg Cabernet Shiraz Merlot, Western Australia 2012 $18 This high-profile brand comes from the Treasury-owned Devil’s Lair winery in Margaret River, where winemaker Oliver Crawford plies his trade. Blended from Margaret River and Great Southern grapes, it has a bright colour and stylish cassis

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A Wine Trade With A Twist

I love the idea of it, but I’m not sure it will work. Treasury Wine Estates brand Fifth Leg is for the second successive year offering a Bad Taste Amnesty, in its crusade to rid the world of inferior wine. On Saturday February 15, the

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Cool, Calm and Respected

Years ago, the late Len Evans used to get on his soapbox at every opportunity and exhort Australia’s winemakers to produce more great wines. We have plenty of workman-like, mid-market, value-for-money wines, he would say, but we badly need more great wines.