1 Sherborne Road, Apslawn, TAS
(03) 6257 8881
With breathtaking views of The Hazards mountain range and the Freycinet Peninsula, the little corner of the world that Devil’s Corner calls home is arguably more angel than devil. Home to some of the state’s most popular pinot noir as well an architecturally designed Cellar Door, the prestigious winery is a stunning representation of Tasmania’s East Coast wine region.
Nestled on the winding road between Swansea and Bicheno, Devil’s Corner can be found where the vines meet the sea. The shipwrecked coast by which it resides is buffeted by the crashing waves of the Southern Ocean. However, around a treacherous bend – appropriately named Devil’s Corner – the sea relents and a protected haven comes into view. It’s in this haven that cool-climate, finely crafted wines are produced from exceptional Tasmanian terroir.
The Devil’s Corner range of pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot grigio, sparkling cuvee and riesling is grown at The Hazards vineyard. The award-winning property is home to a wide range of soil profiles. Heavy yellow clays dominate the top end, while the bottom end is broken up by gravel sections. These differences are highlighted in the variety of wine produced in different sections of the vineyard.
The unique terroir is influenced by the ocean, which moderates the temperature and protects the crops from frost. The vineyard’s easterly location means the seasons are dry, and exempt from the prevailing westerly weather. The top section faces north-easterly, while the bottom has a purely eastward slope.
Head Winemaker, Tom Wallace, is responsible for much of the winemaking at Devil’s Corner. Originally from New Zealand, he has a Graduate Diploma in Oenology and Viticulture from Lincoln University in Christchurch. His experience covers vintages from Villa Maria in New Zealand to Rosemblum Cellars in California and Chateau Villegeorge in Bordeaux.
At Devil’s Corner, Tom works with an expert team to produce wines that are fresh and bright with fruity intensity, encompassing everything from pinot grigio to pinot noir. Every year, the very best blocks of pinot noir are selected to produce the flagship Mt Amos Pinot Noir. This wine holds a deep crimson red colour, elevated aromatics and a crisp, savoury texture with fine-grained tannins.
The jewel of Devil’s Corner, the Cellar Door, opened in December 2015. Designed by renowned Tasmanian architects, Cumulus Studio, it stands proud on an open flat of The Hazards vineyard, blending beautifully into the natural environment with dark metal and textured local timbers. The geometric design includes a lookout, boasting the most expansive and beautiful views of the surrounding landscape.
Sit back and relax on the deck, with a crisp glass of white or bold red with freshly shucked oysters straight from The Fishers. If you’re in for lunch, Tombolo Cafe will fix you up with wood-fired pizzas, espresso and specialty gelato. When you’re done wining and dining, head to the lookout – it’s sure to impress.
Devil’s Corner showcases the very best of the East Coast through its superb selection of wines and fantastic cellar door. When it comes to the protected patch of paradise that the winery calls home, there’s no place more heavenly.