Lake's Folly Vineyard

+61 2 4998 7507 Broke Road
Pokolbin, 2320
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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 Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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