Tuesday, May 31, 2011


- Tasmania
- $12-$20
- Screwcap
- 13.0%alc

The second label of Tamar Ridge, Devil's Corner, would have to be one of the cheapest ranges of Tasmanian wine around. The consumer friendly sauvignon blanc is one wine in the Devil's Corner collection capable of over delivering, as proven by the refreshingly herbal and zesty 2008 (90pts).

Quite pungent and openly aromatic, the 2010 Devil's Corner is no shy savvy. It's loaded with with a strong, vegetative fragrance of freshly cut herbs/grass, capsicum and pea that may verge on cat pee-like, while aromas of rockmelon and spiced apple provide a welcomed base of clean fruit. There's a fair lick of length to the palate, which pushes through its lemon infused melon and apple flavours with agreeable thrust, cleanliness and an undertone of cut grass that persists throughout, but the wine lacks anything texturally or structurally exciting, so it's hardly an unwooded sauvignon blanc of rare pedigree. Having said that, it is fresh, well driven, intensely varietal and easy to drink in a simplistic fashion, so it should impress within the right circles. The price is right too.

O The 2010 Devil's Corner makes a wonderful alternative to addicts of Kiwi sauvignon blanc, but not too much more than that. A pub drinker's special. Not bad. Drink now.
89 points

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