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2013 Lake Breeze Bernoota Shiraz Cabernet

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The great Australian blend of Shiraz and Cabernet is in good hands with the good people at Lake Breeze, as winemaker Greg Follett steers this historic family owned winery onto commercial success. The Bernoota is one of the best examples of this blend in Australia and is awarded and regarded in equal measure. It’s chock full of blackberry & plum and carries a swathe of spice that is typical of Langhorne Creek. It’s a full mouthful of sweet fruit and nicely structured tannins which make it a joy to drink.

Winemaker's Notes

"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 2013 "Bernoota" is a blend of Shiraz (60%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), carefully selected from old vines on the Follett family vineyard.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2013 Lake Breeze Bernoota Shiraz Cabernet

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Mike Bennie (2013 Vintage) says
Amongst all the Australia wine families that have outlived others, succeeded in business beyond others, and somehow managed to keep wine businesses afloat, there are those that go about things quietly, like the 120 years of Folletts in Langhorne Creek. A quietly iconic wine, is Bernoota Shiraz Cabernet. That Aussie blend from a warm hearted place. Distinct Aussie bushwalk scents of earth, eucalyptus, wet leaves, sweet paperbark bark. There’s dark berries and plum going on, but it’s that savoury lift that defines the wine. Medium weight, glossy in texture, crisp acidity lending a freshness as the sweet slick of red-black fruit glides across the palate. There’s leafy notes through the wine, light sandy tannins, and it finishes with a little saline character. All up, it’s a bright, flavoursome wine, with fine structure; an easy wine to come at and drink or cellar. Bewdy.
2015 - 2030
93
Wine Companion (2013 Vintage) says
Good colour; the bouquet has a fragrant assemblage of blackberry, blackcurrant, spice and oak, the medium-bodied palate a continuum of that assemblage. No need to wait, but don't panic - it will hang around for some years to come.
Drink by 2023
92
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
91
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Generous, polished and finely balanced, with a spicy bouquet of sweet dark berries, plums and cedar/chocolate oak lifted by scents of white pepper, violets, cloves and nutmeg, with underlying notes of mint and menthol. Smooth and sumptuous, with a deeply ripened presence of vibrant fruit supported by sweet oak and fine tannins, it's long and lively, finishing with freshness and focus.
2022-2030
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
91
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Bernoota has been a silver medal winner in The Great Australian Red for years and this year it claimed its first trophy as the best entry under $20. Eucalypt overlays a palate of intense and deep blueberry and black cherry fruit.
2016-2021
Wine Taste Special Edition 45
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2013
91
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Here's a definitive Aussie icon in a bargain guise, swimming with mint, plums, liquorice and dark choc oak. It's concentrated, powerful, polished and slick.
Wine 100, October Issue
92
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
This is another staggeringly great-quality wine, something to really marvel at, and perfectly suited to the Langhorne Creek region. Ripe dark plums and earthy notes, a little meaty complexity, fresh leaves and tar. The palate's quite chewy, full of ripe plum and cherry flavour; tannins demand you light the barbecue immediately.
2013
The Good Wine Guide
91
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Luscious, ripe and ready to enjoy, this intense and vibrant marriage of minty black and red berries, plums and cedar/chocolate oak is supple, smooth and finely structured around a firmish spine of fine, polished tannin. Its fragrant and spicy, with a jujube-like brightness, finishing with length, balance and a lingering hint of mineral.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
91
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Nutty oak to start, with plenty of knockabout Langhorne Creek rustic charm; sweet berry aromas, quite bright and lively. With cassis and dark berry fruits, the palate has seamless appeal - beautifully integrated and effortless interplay between shiraz and cabernet. Fine, slippery tannins and great length. A hearty barbecue red that punches well above its weight.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Bright and clearly defined cabernet fruit supported by blackberry shiraz and just a hint of mint; quite long and savoury.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
91
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Smooth, flavoursome reds: the Lake Breeze trademark. This tastes fantastic. The only reason it hasn't rated higher is that, though it attacks with flavour and finishes with a burst, it seems to go missing a bit through the middle. We use the words' a bit' intentionally - there's still enough warm, curranty, chocolatey flavour to keep you well satisfied.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied, but with firm structure provided by the cabernet, which also introduces some attractive savoury/earthy nuances to the blackcurrant fruit, and a pleasingly dry finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
92
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
Lake Breeze reds are reliably good, and reliably good value. Lots of good flavour and smooth creamy oak. 2005 RELEASE It delivers exactly what we've come to expect of Lake Breeze: rich blackcurrant flavour, a dash of Aussie eucalypt, creamy vanillin oak and the odd leafy cabernet note. It's all mid-palate punch and probably lacks a little length - a point I only realised near the end of the bottle. DRINK 2009-2015.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
91
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium- to full-bodied, with a seamlessly integrated array of black fruits, oak and ripe tannins; great length. Max Schubert Trophy for Best Red at Adelaide Wine Show '06; gold medal Sydney Wine Show '07.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
96
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Beautifully structured, long and stylish with intense pristine and peppery blackberry and cassis-like fruit handsomely backed by dark chocolate/vanilla oak. It's lifted with a heady whiff of exotic spice and its juicy palate is underpinned by smooth, smoky vanilla/coconut oak and firm, pliant tannin. Wonderfully long, bright and evenly balanced.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
A powerful dark fruit and chocolate bouquet, the palate following suit; lots of depth and structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
91
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Sweet, spicy blackberry and black cherry; medium-bodied; fine but round tannins; whisk of American oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
93

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