Devils Lair Margaret River Chardonnay 2006
Chardonnay from Margaret River, Australia
Aromas of pink grapefruit, pear, nectarine and wild flowers meld with subtle and complexing flinty undertones, with hints of cashew nut. There are lots of different elements, but all beautifully integrated. A very complex and harmonious bouquet. Citrus (pink grapefruit and lime), peach and pear flavors finish with persistent mineral acidity. The flavors start delicately in the mouth and build through to the finish. The palate is medium bodied and textural with restraint and finesse, but no shortage of flavor. The wine is powerful, yet controlled, with great focus and harmony…and beautifully seamless. A slightly more restrained version of the Devil's Lair Chardonnay. The cooler year has lent beautiful focus to the wine, with a tantalising mineral acid finish. There is every bit of interest and complexity you would expect from Devil's Lair Chardonnay.
Australian Wine Companion - "Well-balanced and modulated melon, nectarine, white peach and grapefruit, plus quality French oak soars through the finish."
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About Margaret RiverCabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. Other varieties that have found results are Chardonnay & Riesling.
About AustraliaLike 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.