50th Anniversary Release
This year will mark 50 years since Max Lake first planted his Cabernet vines at Lake's Folly in 1963 (it also coincides with my 25th vintage making wine in the Hunter Valley). This is a significant milestone for Lake's Folly. In an industry that has evolved and changed considerably over the past five decades, Lake's Folly has remained true to what it has always been: making sophisticated, balanced estate-grown wines. Of that, we are extremely proud.
I'm not sure whether Doctor Lake would have dreamt, back in 1963, that 50 years on Lake's Folly would become Australia's most collected Cabernet, highly sought after and positioned in many of the world's finest restaurants - some 'folly'! The wine industry certainly owes much to pioneers and visionaries like Doctor Lake. How fortunate also that the philosophy of Lake's Folly has remained unchanged under the Fogarty family's ownership since 2000.
It is especially pleasing that we can offer you such an outstanding wine in our 50th Anniversary year; the 2011 Cabernets is truly a sensational wine.
2012 CHARDONNAY 93 / 100
Fantastic nose; clean, fruit-driven with white peach and a hint of citrus. The palate weight is fine and elegant but retains a creamy texture. White peach predominant on the palate with a touch of flinty minerality, the wine has perfect balance. Oak is subtle and extremely well integrated and a great acid balance assists in its hallmark length of flavour.
2011 CABERNETS 96+ / 100
Incredibly lifted nose - black cherries and chocolate, and hints of plums. The palate is rich, soft and silky with perfect soft tannins even at this stage. Fruit dominant palate of delicious black cherries, plums and hints of cigar box and slight earthiness. Oak is supportive but not apparent. An outstanding vintage that will rank amongst the greatest Cabernets made here.
We expect this release to be in high demand, and I would urge all Lake's Folly devotees not to miss out on this vintage.
Finally, a big thank you to our loyal followers over the last fifty years, for without you we wouldn't be here. Please enjoy these wines and raise a glass to join the celebrations in our 50th Anniversary year. May Lake's Folly still be here unchanged in another fifty years!