The 2011 Margaret River season provided the first opportunity to introduce 9th Chamber’s inaugural Cabernet Sauvignon. The conditions in 2011 prompted an early start to the vintage, after average winter rains followed by an unusually dry hot December and January. The resulting wine is a quintessentially Margaret River Cabernet, with excellent length and texture.
Awarded Cabernet Sauvignon of the Year
The inaugural 2011 Devil's Lair 9th Chamber Cabernet Sauvignon has been awarded Cabernet Sauvignon of the Year and the equal-highest Cabernet Sauvignon rating of 98 points in the 2016 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, reflecting the significant evolution of Cabernet winemaking at Devil's Lair and a consolidated approach to this classic Margaret River variety.
Campbell Mattinson, Wine Reviewer for the Australian Wine Companion, awarded the wine 98 points describing it as:
"Cabernet reaching for the stratosphere and placing its fingertips fairly in the vicinity. This takes the flesh and bone of Devil's Lair cabernet and adds muscle, of the rippling type. Blackcurrant, black olive, truffle, sweetly spiced oak, peppercorn and brighter, almost pretty, redcurrant notes. There's a dusting of chocolate too; the flavours here flex and contract, relax and unveil, in waves. Gravelly tannin maintains a firm rule. Persistence: it looks tomorrow in the eye."