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2013 Lake Breeze Arthur's Reserve Cabernet Blend

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Anyone would be honoured to have a wine like this named after them, as it’s a scintillating blend of Cabernet, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Like liquid gold, this wine exhibits blackcurrant and violet aromas with a hint of mint. It’s balanced and long with impressive intensity and a great framework of tannins.

Winemaker's Notes

This stylish wine is a tribute to Arthur Follett, who planted the first vines on the family property in the 1880’s.

A blend of 90% Cabernet, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec, this wine is truly handcrafted from the vineyard through to the finished product. The grapes were carefully selected from 40-50 year old vines from our family vineyard on the famous Langhorne Creek flood plain.

Small open fermenters were used with maceration times varying from 8-12 days.

The wine was then aged in 100% French Oak for 21 months with only the best barrels of the vintage chosen for the final blend, which remained unfined and unfiltered.

The resultant wine shows classic blackcurrant aromas with violets, mint and savoury characters. The palate has great depth and silkiness and shows wonderful intensity and length of flavour. With correct cellaring this wine will drink beautifully over the next 15-20 years.

Best Cabernet/Shiraz Dominant Blend trophy - 2016 Sydney Royal Wine Show
Best Blended Red Wine trophy - 2016 Langhorne Creek Wine Show

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2013 Lake Breeze Arthur's Reserve Cabernet Blend

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
90% cabernet sauvignon, 5% each petit verdot and malbec, matured for 20 months in new French oak, only 270 dozen made. A wine that pays homage to Arthur John Follett who planted the first vines on the property in the 1880s, and to the ability of Langhorne Creek to produce very high quality cabernet. This wine effortlessly lays out the road map for great cabernet in the making to follow, luscious, yet firmly structured and well balanced.
Drink by 2033
Huon Hooke (2013 Vintage) says
Deep, youthful purple/red colour and a strongly pepperminty aroma; bright, fresh and bell-clear. It's full-bodied, lush and glossy in its texture, with very soft tannins for a cabernet. A very modern, polished style of cabernet, which for some tasters might lack a little in grip and backbone. A small and rather carping criticism.
2016 - 2031
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
An 85/9/6% blend. The deep, bright purple-crimson colour is outstanding, and the bouquet and medium-to full-bodied palate live up to the promise of the colour, with lush blackcurrant/cassis and mulberry fruit; the tannins are ripe and balanced, the oak integrated.
To 2039
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
An 89/11 % blend; strong purple-crimson after almost four years in bottle; likewise, the palate has a bevy of dark fruit flavours and powerful, although balanced, tannins. An impressive example of a wine built for the long haul.
To 2028
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
A classy, very polished wine whose deep, heady bouquet of violets, cassis, blackberries, blueberries and cedary oak reveals undertones of graphite, mineral and cigarboxes. It's measured and deeply flavoured, with a plush core of pristine dark fruits framed by firmish but pliant chalky tannins and underlying suggestions of minerals and graphite. It finishes long and bright, with delightful balance and acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; Langhorne Creek, Clare Valley and Frankland River are the three places in Australia where this unusual blend not only appears, but flourishes; in this wine the power and authority of the cabernet fruit is amplified (not diminished) by the plummy characters of the malbec, great texture and great flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Measured and elegant, but made from very marginally stressed fruit, it's long, fine-grained and polished. Sweet minty aromas of blackberries, cassis, plums and cedar/chocolate oak backed by nuances of graphite, iodide and menthol precede a deep, intense and slightly baked and currant-like palate revealing both meaty and herbal influences. Great winemaking from challenging fruit.
The Australian Wine Annual
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Retains excellent crimson colour; this 82/9/9 blend spent 22 months in new French oak and absorbed it all; the flavours are those of a cool region, dark and savoury, but very long; 270 dozen made.
To 2026
Australian Wine Companion 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Typically elegant and minty, with a cedary bouquet of deep red and black berries, cedar and dried herbs. Smooth and creamy, its tightly knit palate reveals layers of vibrant small berry flavours and toasty chocolatey oak with a background of underbrush and licorice. Underpinned by fine, pliant tannins, it finishes with length and balance.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Impenetrable colour; a very concentrated bouquet and full-bodied palate; dark fruit and persistent tannins provide a serious framework, with the alcohol noticeable on the finish; made for those who like their wines to be big. Pro
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A very complex full-bodied wine; big, rich and mouthfilling, with excellent flavour and persistence right across the palate; vibrant acidity draws out the harmonious finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Nick Stock (2004 Vintage) says
One of the stellar regional blends, and a fine tribute to Arthur John Follett who established the family vineyards way back in the 1880s. Deeply earthy and full of dark olive, black fruits and cedary oak. The palate is intense, commanding and balanced, the tannins roll with pace and length. Hearty stuff.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
This slightly meaty and rather polished blend reveals a piercing cassis-like aroma of almost exaggerated intensity backed by dark plums, cedar/chocolate oak, dark olives, graphite and iodide. Framed by mouth coating, drying and chalky tannin, it's long, luscious and laden with opulent dark fruit. Still needing time to integrate, it finishes savoury, with a hint of saltiness.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
An austere style, though no more than medium-bodied; has good length, with savoury but ripe tannins, the result of extended maceration.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Bell-clear line and length; not heavy, but tighter than the other wines (doubtless Petit Verdot and French oak at work); has length and balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005

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