Devils Lair Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret 1998
Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Australia
Devils Lair has adopted a future path of concentration and consolidation. Consolidation in terms of what it does best - i.e., Chardonnay and Cabernet. Concentration in terms of focusing on building the brand reputation for high quality, world benchmark wines. The very late harvest of 1997 was completed in "Indian Summer" conditions with the Cabernet Sauvignon picked in late April. As a consequence of the difficult vintage conditions, Cabernet Franc has been excluded from the 1997 Margaret River. The result is a more concentrated and deep Cabernet Sauvignon style of dark berry and briary layers of fruit in a fine tannin structure. While Merlots contribution to the sweetness of the middle palate is subtle, with time it will be more evident. The use of fine and tight grain French oak sits well with the finer and tighter structure of the 1997 wine. The wine was matured in new and one to two year old French oak.
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View all Devils Lair WinesLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.