Lake's Folly White Label Cabernets Hunter Valley 1997

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Lake's Folly Vineyard:
Lake's Folly was the first new vineyard in the Hunter Valley last century, established by Max Lake and his family in 1963. The tradition continues, with the first boutique winery in Australia making only two wines, a red (Cabernet blend) and a white (100% Chardonnay), using all estate grown fruit. The property changed hands in early 2000 to Peter Fogarty and his family who, along with local Hu... Read more
Lake's Folly was the first new vineyard in the Hunter Valley last century, established by Max Lake and his family in 1963. The tradition continues, with the first boutique winery in Australia making only two wines, a red (Cabernet blend) and a white (100% Chardonnay), using all estate grown fruit. The property changed hands in early 2000 to Peter Fogarty and his family who, along with local Hunter winemaker Rod Kempe, have continued to maintain the integrity and direction of the Folly. With a total production of around 4,500 cases, less then a quarter is Chardonnay. We practice the KISS philosophy around here, producing only 1 red and 1 white (life is complicated enough as it is!). The most important aspect is great fruit and attention to detail from vineyard to bottle. In the vineyard, quality is derived primarily from the terroir*. The old vines, now well and truly self regulated to produce low cropping high quality fruit, are well established and give consistency even in difficult years. The winemaking aspect is very simple. Hand picking, gentle crushing and traditional open fermentation for the reds, barrel fermentation and extended yeast lees contact for the Chardonnay. Judicious use of French oak, small barrel maturation for both, hand bottling and that's it, no more, no less. The true quality features of great wine are: The varieties you choose. Where you plant (Max Lake spent years looking and digging before he chose this site). Pruning for quality (i.e. low production). Trellising for flavour (If the fruit lacks flavour then so does the wine). Time of picking. Ripe fruit gives ripe flavours - weather permitting. The majority of our wine is sold through an annual mail order list, and can also be purchased through Cellar Door when available. We invite you to sample the fruits of our labour. Read less

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