Yes it’s from Margaret River. No it’s not from Tasmania. Yes, there are plenty of place names that Tasmania and Margaret River have in common due to the early French and Dutch explorers that sailed past and trod the land. But the most intriguing aspect of the nomenclature of the wine is the “devil’s cave” actually housed an the remains of Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger, long thought to be gone from the Australian mainland around 5000 years previous (and the alleged last on the Tasmanian island died in captivity in 1936 in Hobart) . But that doesn’t stop the modern day sightings….
Devil’s Lair, The Hidden Cave, Cabernet, Shiraz, Margaret River, 2014
Forward and friendly: Plum and mocha with distinctive Margaret River sea spray and eucalypt. Dark chocolate and bay leaf spice with ripe black currant and more than just a little chary oak. Earthy tannins underscore black fruit and black polish with just enough red fruit and spice to give lift. Spirituous and warm towards the end as you chew through those tannins. A fine foil for beef cheek & red wine pie. Even finer if you can find it on special.
Wine sample courtesy of Devil’s Lair