March 2014

2014 New Releases

The more years I am here, the more I understand how truly unique this vineyard is.  The 2012 Vintage was a challenging one for the Hunter, especially if you grew Shiraz, but the fact that Lake's Folly grows mostly Cabernet (which is far more resilient and later ripening), meant that we fared much better than most in the Valley.  As a result, the 2012 Cabernets has no Shiraz component in the blend - the final varietal composition being: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 8% Merlot.  Consequently, we have only around half our normal year's production for sale this year with just 2000 dozen available (if the fruit isn't up to scratch, it simply gets dropped on the ground).  We have bottled very limited quantities of 375ml bottles and 1.5 litre Magnums  (there are no 3-litre Double Magnums on offer this year).

 

2012 Lake's Folly Cabernets             92 / 100

Aromas of clean lifted red berry fruits, like red currant and raspberry, with a hint of dusty cigar box.  An elegant, stylish wine of great finesse and balance.  While the weight of the wine may be slightly lighter than usual, make no mistake, this is still a very impressive wine with lovely fruit sweetness and the typical Lake's Folly stamp of length of flavour and persistence.  In a year like 2012, this wine is testament to the fact that growing Cabernet in the Hunter wasn't such a 'folly' after all!

A recent review of the 2012 Cabernets  -  Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Edition 143 (15th March 2014):

"Rod Kempe rates this as a lesser vintage, comparing it with the lighter 1980s styles.  He's characteristically humble - this ethereal, pretty and elegant blend is a credit to him... A vintage of purity, persistence and graceful character.  95 POINTS"

2013 Lake's Folly Chardonnay           94 / 100

Typical Folly. Clean peach/stone fruit aromas.  The palate is generous, with a creamy texture from the lees contact during fermentation in French oak.  Slightly lower percentage of new oak for this vintage than usual (around 25% versus 33%), means the oak is barely seen but cradles the fruit magnificently, allowing the terroir of this great vineyard to show through. There is a roundness and richness on this wine and, as always, wonderful length of flavour.  A great wine.

 

With limited quantities available this year, we expect these wines to sell quickly, so I'd urge you to order early to avoid disappointment.  You can place your order online here.

Cheers

 
Rodney Kempe
Winemaker

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