Having rapidly carved out a high reputation for itself through a combination of clever packaging and impressive wine quality, Devil’s Lair was acquired by Southcorp in 1996. The estate vineyards have been substantially increased since, now with sauvignon blanc, semillon, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, shiraz, cabernet franc and petit verdot, supplemented by grapes purchased from contract growers. Production has increased from 40 000 dozen to many times greater, largely due to its Fifth Leg and Dance with the Devil wines. The top-tier 9th Chamber wines are only made in exceptional vintages. Exports to the UK, the US and other major markets.
Founded in 1981, Devil’s Lair is fortunate to be able to tread its own path, unrestrained by tradition, with a sense of wisdom that comes from a strong bond with an ancient land. It’s the intuition of a talented team, the freedom to do things differently and the subtlety of the soils that makes Devil’s Lair wines respected for their great clarity, delicate fruit flavours and elegant structure.
The ancient soils in which the Devil’s Lair vines flourish today were forming thousands of years ago, centuries before Margaret River was named such and well before anyone dreamt of growing wine in the region.
Lying deep in the south of Margaret River, beyond where most tourists venture, stand towering karri trees resilient and proud, protecting a hidden cave they call the Devil’s Lair. It’s after this unassuming and somewhat shy cave that Devil’s Lair is named. One of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites, the Devil’s Lair cave holds evidence of human life nearly 50,000 years ago and some of the earliest records of Australian life.
The Devil’s Lair winemaking philosophy is to be meticulous, to continually question and challenge, and to refine a winemaking style that is as much about intuition as it is about science.
Ben Miller, Matt Godfrey
Rocky Road, Forest Grove via Margaret River, WA 6286
(08) 9759 2000