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1997 Lakes Folly Hunter Valley Cabernets Magnum

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Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Crimson–ruby red.

Nose: Berry aromas dominate. Leathery, earthy with slightly herbaceous undertones and some vanillin oak.

Palate: Lighter, finer style, lacking a little mid palate weight, but lovely structure and length of flavour. A touch Burgundian. Some slightly shaded fruit characters (similar to some Coonawarra Cabs), but dominated by Hunter – leather, tobacco, earth. The 97s (both red and white) seem rapid developers, and I question its long-term cellaring potential (ie past 2010). Close to drinking well even now – drink before your 96s.

Alcohol: 13.0 %

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1997 Lakes Folly Hunter Valley Cabernets Magnum

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James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is chock-full of cassis/berry fruit supported by perfectly handled oak. The palate is as beautifully constructed as any young wine can be; cassis berry fruit, fine-grained tannins, great length, and again that impeccably handled oak. The best Folly for years, perhaps ever.

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