2012 Lake Breeze Bernoota Shiraz Cabernet ‘Bernoota’ was the original name given to the homestead on the Lake Breeze property – it is an Aboriginal name for ‘camp among the gum trees’. The 2010 ‘Bernoota’ is a blend of Shiraz (70%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), carefully selected from old vines on the Follett family vineyard. The wine was fermented on skins in open static fermenters for 7-10 days, followed by maturation for 20 months in American and French oak barriques. The wine shows dark fruit characters of blackberry and plums, with a hint of choc mint and smoky oak aromas. The palate encompasses all of the trademark Langhorne Creek fruit sweetness and soft tannins. Although extremely palatable now, it will mature gracefully with correct cellaring for the next 8-10 years.
Lake Breeze is one of Australia’s most awarded boutique wineries, including being named Australia’s Champion Small Winery. The Follett family have been grape growers in Langhorne Creek for 120 years and winemakers for 20 years and have rapidly built an enviable reputation for consistently producing outstanding wines. Lake Breeze selects only the best 20% of fruit from the older vines on the property, to create wines with amazing depth of flavour.
“91 points. Deep red/purple, bright colour and a sweetly ripe, charming aroma of blackberry with lots of dark, ripe fruit flavours, the palate full-bodied and generously flavoured. A trace of peppermint. full-bodied, bold and somewhat straightforward, this is a very pleasing shiraz blend.”
Lake Breeze Bernoota Shiraz Cabernet 2013 is here. Huon Hooke says in his newsletter today “Lake Breeze is regularly one of the most under-priced wineries in the country, especially with its Bernoota shiraz cabernet 2012 ($23). Langhorne Creek is always a happy hunting ground for value reds, and these wines, from the Follett family, are on top of the pile.”