Devil’s Lair Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
I still like the Devils Lair label. No one quite understands the golden dog with the missing foot (which is actually meant to be a Tasmanian tiger, a fossil of which was found in the Devil’s Lair caves) but I think its distinctive. Thoughts?
This shows the challenges of 2012 in Margaret River. Don’t believe the hype – not every year is golden in the west.
Dark red in colour, this is all warm, dusty, cocoa wrapped berries, with a little ’12 run and raisin meets twigginess. Extractive palate has a nice dusty texture but I find the alcohol more distracting as it travels along. Fractionally bitter and warm, it lacks the vitality of the best vintages.
Not a bad wine, with still some class, but a way off the best. Time will be kind, but the balance isn’t perfect.
Best drinking: 2018-2027