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Lake Breeze Old Vine Grenache

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This classic wine was hand picked from our 1932 planting of Grenache, nurtured in a small open fermenter and aged for 10 months in two year old French barriques to create a rich, spicy wine with anise, raspberry and earthy characters.

Winemaker's Notes

This classic wine was hand picked from our 1932 planting of Grenache, nurtured in a small open fermenter and aged for 10 months in two year old French barriques to create a rich, spicy wine with anise, raspberry and earthy characters.

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Lake Breeze Old Vine Grenache

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Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
From proper old vines (planted in 1932), this is a nicely settled, deeply fruited grenache that heads through red berries and into plums and darker fruits, with some earthy regional notes; nicely fragrant too. Tannins are supple and soft: there's a nice sense of density here, long and even, and really fresh raspberry to close. Charming.
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The Good Wine Guide
93
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
A bright, lively grenache from some 75-year-old vines on the Follett family's estate. Shows bright red fruits in classic grenache style, really up-beat, and candied raspberry and redskin lolly notes. The palate has smooth, light tannins that swirl supple red fruit flavour throughout, some brambly nuances, finishing with gentle, musky fragrance.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good colour; pure raspberry fruit with a touch of dried herb; the palate is juicy, with a little savoury, slightly bitter yet refreshing twist to the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
88
Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
The six rows of gnarled old Grenache vines in the Follet vineyard in Langhorne Creek look a lot older than they really are, because things grow like crazy in this fertile flood plain. Impressive for seventy-five year old vines! Fruit from such old vines anywhere else would surely end up in ultrapremium- priced wines but Lake Breeze don’t muck around and offer sensational value in every bottle they release. This wine is the definition of Grenache on a world stage. It’s not far from the typical Aussie stewed strawberry style but much more like bright red Châteauneuf-du-Pape – scented, herbal and fragrant but without a caravan of alcohol that follows it and elbows you in the forehead like a fatty on bingo night. Thank goodness! We were both gobsmacked by this wine.
Taste Food and Wine Guide 2009
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Light-bodied, relatively simple sweet red fruits; easy drinking summer red.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
87
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Strong red-purple; spicy, juicy berry; touches of earth and chocolate; good mouthfeel; smart Grenache.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89

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