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Lake Breeze

Step Rd, Langhorne Creek, 5255

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (08) 8537 3017

Tlake breeze labelhough the winery is a relative newcomer to the winemaking world, it has an excellent reputation to those in the know.

The Follett family has been dairy farming and growing grapes in this district for almost 130 years. The family involves three brothers together with their mother and father as the sole shareholders.

They have approximately 230 acres of vines and most (about 80%) of the fruit is sold under contract to the likes of Fosters and Orlando.

The property boasts some old bush vine Grenache which are over 70 years old and whilst some vines were planted in 1986, the majority were actually planted in the 1960s. Greg Follett is the winemaker.

The Bernoota (Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon blend) and Arthur's Reserve (Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and sometimes Malbec blend) are the most well known wines.

The Langhorne Creek portfolio also includes Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, White Frontignac, Grenache and a Tawny Port.

The extended family have established a 30 acre vineyard on the rugged southern coast of Kangaroo Island and Lake Breeze is now releasing these wines under the False Cape label.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Lake’s Breeze Arthur’s Reserve Cabernet Blend 2013

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2029+

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2017, Top Blended Wine Trophy at Langhorne Creek Wine Show 2016, deep set and firmly structured blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec, lush blackcurrant, mulberry and boysenberry with a touch of charcuterie, mint and violet florals, long and dusty with graphite minerality and firm acidity (*****)

Lake’s Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2027

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2017, Gold Medal at National Wine Show 2016, from 40 year old vines, vibrant boysenberry and cassis with violet florals and mint notes, intensely flavoured but medium bodied, firm and lingering dusty tannins and toasted cinnamon/vanilla oak with a dark chocolate twist on the finish (*****)

Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2014, Champion Wine at Langhorne Creek Wine Showcase 2013, supple and vibrant core of boysenberry, cassis and mulberry with violet florals, deep set medium-full bodied palate, toasty cinnamon/vanilla oak with firm, dusty tannin finish (****1/2)

Lake Breeze Vermentino 2013

Purchased: Not ($)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2014, moderately viscous showing pear, apricot and almond and orange blossom notes, briny phenolic grip and fresh lemony acidity (***1/2)

Lake Breeze Bernoota Shiraz Cabernet 2010

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2014, generous blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, silky cassis and dark plum with menthol, white pepper and violet notes, ample charry and sweet vanilla/clove oak, choc-mint finish (***12)

Lake Breeze Arthur’s Reserve Cabernet Blend 2008

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, unfiltered blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petit Verdot, deep set and sumptuous core of blackberries and blueberries  with iodine, violet, mint and a streak of graphite minerality, the chalky tannins provide some firm grip at the moment, good length with well balanced acidity for longer term cellaring (****1/2)

Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, rather ripe, juicy and plump showing cassis, boysenberry and dark plums with violet, fruitcake and menthol notes,  sweet vanilla/cedar/mocha French and US oak, fine tannins with some brine nuances on the finish (***1/2)

Lake Breeze Bernoota Shiraz Cabernet 2009

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, bright entry showing blueberry, mulberry and blackberry fruit with the usual menthol and dried herb notes, becomes a bit hollow in middle until the sweet coconut/cedar oak cuts in, loose knit tannins (***)

Lake Breeze  Reserve Chardonnay 2011

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, fairly restrained flavours in the lemon butter/lime/ melon spectrum, good length but lacks enough mid-palate concentration, toasty vanilla/cashew oak and crisp lemon rind acidity (***)

Lake Breeze Arthur’s Reserve 2007

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, Gold Medal at Australian Small Winemakers Show 2010, this time the unfiltered blend is 90% Cabernet and 9% Malbec, firm, deep set but slightly over-ripe blackcurrant, blueberry and plum with iodine, violet, bay leaf and mint nuances, powdery texture with a streak of graphite minerals, the 100% French oak brings spicy cedar/chocolate to the finish, firmish chalky tannins, needs more time in the cellar (****)

Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, Gold Medal at Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2011, from 40 year old vines, long, concentrated and essency blackcurrant pastille, boysenberry and blueberry with mint and violet notes, medium-full bodied with the sweet and spicy French and US oak bringing vanilla/malt/cedar to the finish, dusty tannins with savoury/briny nuances (****)

Lake Breeze Bernoota Shiraz Cabernet 2008

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, Gold Medal at Australian Small Winemakers Show 2011, flavoursome blend of 60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet, smooth and medium bodied mulberry and blackberry with a touch of dried herbs and menthol, good length, some sweet coconut/cedar from the charry US and French oak barriques, loose knit and fine grained tannins, as usual this is a reliable BBQ wine (***1/2)

Lake Breeze Arthurs Reserve Cabernet Petit Verdot Malbec 2006

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, elegant blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9 % Petit Verdot and 9% Malbec, blackcurrant and mulberry with dried herb, mint and white pepper notes, savoury and medium bodied palate has some graphite minerality, has had 24 months in French and US oak that infuses the palate with toasty cedar and dark chocolate, a fresh cut of acids and a firm chalky tannic structure for cellaring, long and evenly weighted palate (****)

Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, smooth, slightly stewed dark plum and redcurrant with menthol notes, the long and medium bodied palate finishes with ample creamy cedar/vanilla/chocolate oak and supple powdery tannins, vibrant acidity brings some additional life to the finish (***/2)

Lake Breeze Old Vine Grenache 2009

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, from 1932 vines, juicy and spicy raspberry and dark plum with dried herb, musk and anise notes, medium-full bodied palate is a bit on the confectionary side but has some underlying earthiness, soft and open knit tannins, seasoned French barriques bring some well judged balancing oak inputs, best drunk relatively soon to enjoy the freshness (***1/2)

Lake Breeze Bernoota Shiraz Cabernet 2007

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, ripe, brightly flavoured and smooth mulberry and dark plum with mint and warm spice notes, medium bodied with coconut/chocolate/cedar oak, a spine of fine tannins brings some added structure, good length, the wine sits in BBQ wine territory but is a good value one (***1/2)

Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Dan Murphy, Melb CBD ($24)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, Gold Medal at 2008 McLaren Vale Wine Show, from 35-40 year old estate vines, balanced and lively blackcurrant and raspberry with menthol, pepper and violet notes, firm minerality runs through the savoury palate, creamy cedar-coffee oak finish with slightly grippy acids and lingering dusty tannins (****)

Lake Breeze Grenache 2007

Purchased: Cellarbrations, St. Kilda ($20)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, only 300 dozen released, sourced from six rows of estate 75 year old vines, rather ripe but intense raspberry, dark plum and prune with lifted cinnamon and black pepper, obvious alcohol heat (14.8%) but has plenty of depth and underlying briny minerality, the finish shows coffee-cedar oak and enough refreshing acidity (***1/2)

Lake Breeze Bernoota 1999

Purchased: Cellar Door ($20)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2008, generous black cherry and blackberry, medium-full bodied palate with liquorice and menthol features, regional earthiness with black pepper and cinnamon, mocha-chocolate American oak with a choc-mint finish between the spiky tannins and grippy acids, despite its age it need a few more years to tame the back end (***1/2)

Lake Breeze Arthur’s Reserve 2001

Purchased: Cellar Door ($30)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2005, blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Petit Verdot, well-balanced, medium-full bodied wine with bright fruit blackcurrant expression, interesting savoury and spice complexity showing mushroom, chocolate, liquorice and white pepper features with excellent length, mocha-chocolate and mint finish (****)

Lake Breeze Bernoota 2002

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton, Vic ($20)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2005, 60% Shiraz/ 40% Cabernet, a ripe, fruit-driven nose with smoky oak, combination of ripe blackcurrant and plum with choc-mint features on the finish , savoury, earthy and medium bodied with the Cabernet bringing tannic structure, still needs ageing (****)