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Lake's Folly Chardonay

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Lake's Folly Chardonay

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
The fermentation is started in tank, and the wine is transferred to barrel (French oak, around 30% new) when halfway through fermentation. Pale green-gold hue; it is finer, and more grainy than Hill Block, its nectarine-accented fruit with a distinct minerally thread, the oak imparting a garnish of subtle grilled nuts. An altogether wine from 38-year-old vines.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
95
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Translucently bright, with exceptional length and a chalky mineral undercarriage, this very pure and elegant chardonnay has a delicate nutty bouquet of melon, quince and lemon sherbet backed by nuances of lime juice and green olives. It?s long, lean and focused, with a slatey texture beneath its powerful core of impressively intense and crunchy flavours that finish with elegance and restraint.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
95
Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
"A bloody terrible vintage, with lots of rain, but you can'st make bad chardonnay off this vineyard!" says maker Rod Kempe. The Hunter's best chardonnay shines even in this season, with a lovely profile of understated white peach, white nectarine, lemon and grapefruit. Lovely complexity of spicy apricot, baked peach, hints of nutmeg and clove and rising notes of anise are subtly supported by cashew nut French oak. A soft style of mineral texture, vibrant structure and excellent persistence.
http://tysonstelzer.com/ 2013
94
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; it is a question of style, not quality, which differentiates this wine from Hill Block. Here the accent is on fruit purity and linearity, with more citrus and less richness. This is Corton compared to the Montrachet of Hill Block, and it is (in this instance) my preferred wine.
James Halliday's top value wines $20 & under 2012
95
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Likely to build considerable weight and complexity, this stylish, elegant and complete chardonnay has a delicate lemony bouquet of melon, green olives and light, buttery, vanilla oak backed by a mineral scent of bathpowder. It's long, even and searingly intense but remains gentle and focused. Supported by a fine chalkiness, its rapier-like intensity of fruit extends long towards a fresh, tangy and mineral finish that builds depth and weight of flavour.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
96
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright green-straw; the sheer class of this wine is immediately apparent when the bouquet is first encountered, continuing in a seamless line through to the finish and aftertaste; it has many of the characteristics of a cool-grown wine, notably its length.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
96
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Lined up between Art Series, Giaconda and Mount Mary, I fully expected Lakes to be thoroughly outclassed. How mistaken I was. Its purity of white peach, grapefruit and lemon fruit, its rippling, textural minerality and sheer finesse made it look comfortably in its place in this line of champions.
96
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Very light straw-green; highly fragrant, with elements of citrus and peach blossom; a fine, intense palate reflecting the modest alcohol, verging on cool-climate grapefruit, best of all not swamped by oak. Will be long lived.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; melon, fig and stone fruit aromas, oak evident but integrated, lead into a powerful and complex palate, offering the fruit of the bouquet tied up neatly by grainy acidity; has excellent length, and carries its alcohol with aplomb. Radically different style to the '08, reflecting the vintage variation.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Bright green-yellow; the usual excellent balance and structure; melon and nectarine fruit, barrel ferment oak inputs perfectly judged.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Deeper green-yellow than the '06; intense, rich, deep and long; ripe nectarine and a touch of citrus reflects the top vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
95
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A beautifully made and crafted wine; subtle barrel ferment inputs; the stone fruit and melon with a touch of cream; excellent finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
96
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A smooth, stylish and spotlessly clean chardonnay right on the style of the new Lake's Folly. Its delicate fragrance of peach, honeydew melon and lightly buttery oak has a distinctive floral aspect, while its seamlessly integrated palate marries a lightly tobaccoey expression of pristine fruit with creamy oak and lightly mineral acids. It's tightly focused, exceptionally long and well defined.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
96
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Very stylish; controlled complexity; beautifully balanced and structured melon, stone fruit and cashew; fresh, bright finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
96
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Classic modern chardonnay of exceptional finesse and elegance. Its peachy perfume of cumquat, quince and nectarine reveals tightly integrated and fine-grained vanilla and clove-like new French oak. Exceptionally long, fine and seamless, its palate reveals an almost fluffy silkiness. Its delightful purity of restrained, but precisely focused peach/citrus fruit is framed by clean, perfectly punctuated acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
96
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Bright green-yellow, this proclaims its class from start to finish, with immaculately handled barrel ferment oak supporting white peach fruit and fine acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
96

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