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Devil's Lair Margaret River Chardonnay

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Full of lemons, grapefruit, peaches, roasted cashews and honeysuckle florals on the nose. The palate is generous and fruity, with stone fruit flavours, refreshing hits of yellow citrus, juicy acidity, a minerally mouthfeel, and a tight, bright finish. This will cellar for a few years, and would be great with roast chook.

Winemaker's Notes

Quintessential Margaret River, Devil’s Lair offers beautifully crafted wines that express the distinctive style of this renowned winemaking region and the singular combination of geography and climate that is unique to Devil’s Lair.

Led by Chief Winemaker Oliver Crawford, the team at Devil’s Lair produce beautifully crafted wines including the highly regarded Devil’s Lair Margaret River Chardonnay and the Devil’s Lair Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Devil's Lair Margaret River Chardonnay

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Wine Companion (2013 Vintage) says
Scintillating chardonnay. Length is its signature detail, but the flood of mid-palate flavour is a close second. Grapefruit, pure peach, citrus and brilliant fennel. Spicy/cedary oak swirls throughout. Immediately impressive but the finish then sails on.
Australian Wine Companion
95
Ray Jordan (2011 Vintage) says
Winemaker Oliver Crawford has got his mind well and truly around Margaret River chardonnay. This is so delicate and refined yet still with that marvellous Margaret River power. Light toast and minerals on the nose with a hint of grape fruit and while peach. The palate is impressively precise and fine but with flavour that penetrates and builds to a very long finish. There is class in every glass.
10 years
WA Wine Guide 2013
97
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; a seamless union of perfectly ripened chardonnay and subtle French oak; the flavours are in the white flesh stone fruit spectrum, citrussy acidity providing length and balance.
To 2019
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
95
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright, light green-gold; one of Margaret River's classics, but marks out its own territory with an extra dimension of elegance, its nectarine and white peach fruit in a fine web of French (40% new) oak from barrel fermentation and nine months fermentation in barrel. The finish has admirable grip, giving the wine attitude.
2018
Wine Companion Aug/Sept
95
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright, pale green-gold; the complex bouquet has both fruit (dominant) and cashew oak (lesser) components, complexity that carries through to the palate and a lingering citrus/mineral finish and aftertaste.
2020
Australian Wine Companion 2012
95
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
There is class evident from the first sniff to the last drop of the persistent long and ever so fine flavour has left the palate. It's right in the modern style for this variety and winemaker Oliver Crawford knows how to get the best from this superb cool climate fruit source. There's; beautiful texture and mouth feel while the flavour seems to build effortless through to the finish.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide
96
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
The contrast here is absolutely captivating. Utter finesse and poise, crunchy lemon zest and hints of fig and pear with ultra-low alcohol for Margaret River. At the same time, mesmerising complexity of cashew nut French oak and leesy, barrel ferment complexity. You'll need a second glass to figure it out.
2011-2016
Wine Taste Special Edition 8
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A surprisingly elegant wine despite the generous use of fine French oak involved; pure grapefruit, seasoned delicately with cinnamon and clove from the oak, seamlessly entwined on the bouquet; while rich, the palate is light and fine on entry, and then the regional power of the variety shines through on a generous and complex conclusion.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Oliver Crawford's arrival at Devil's Lair has been greeted with much expectation. Having blended but not made this wine, it reflects his philosophy of "adding some finesse without changing what Margaret River Chardonnay is about." It's a spectacular Devi's Lair Chardonnay with excellent, textural acid profile, well-defined citrus and stone fruit flavours and balanced roast nut oak.
94
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
During the past few years these Devil's lair chardonnays have really stepped up. Flinty light mineral nuances on the nose with a hint of white peach and citrus. The palate is quite delicate and soft, but with excellent length and persistence. Really compelling mix of cinnamon, cashew and fresh cereal cut with a fine grapefruit tartness. Special wine.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
96
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Ripe, juicy and generous, this finely balanced if fuller-proportioned chardonnay backs its sumptuous array of tropical fruits, ruby grapefruit and pineapple with sweet vanilla oak, creamy lees-derived influences and a touch of minerality. It's smooth and creamy, with an unctuous, almost fatty mouthfeel that is tightly wound in by fresh mineral acids and given direction by a powdery chassis of fine phenolics.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
95
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Immaculately balanced and crafted; has the region's depth of mid-palate flavour unmatched by any other; nectarine, melon and white peach are supported by immaculate oak and good acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
95
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
A wonderfully fine and long palate; intense stone fruit; subtle oak. Top gold 2003 Qantas Wines Show of Western Australia.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
96
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the spotlessly clean bouquet has perfect balance and seamless integration of fruit and oak, the long and intense palate with lingering nectarine and citrus fruit, again showing finely integrated oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
95

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