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Lake's Folly Established
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Cabernet vineyard planted

Cabernet planted by Max Lake’s family and friends.
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A-Frame Building Erected

A-frame erected, later to become the vineyard logo.

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The First Vintage!

The first vintage, truly hand (and feet) made.

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Chardonnay Vineyard Planted

Chardonnay first planted.

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Len Evans Acclaim

Len Evans, Australian Complete Book of Wine: "its influence and the quality of wine it produces have given it an importance which greatly out-weigh its size."

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Dan Murphy Acclaim

Dan Murphy, Classification of Australian Wines: "The impact which the wines have had on the Australian wine world...places the red in the ‘very great’ category. A classic wine in its own right...does not fit easily into any style."

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International Accolades

Hugh Johnson, Serena Sutcliffe, Decanter, Michael Broadbent, David Peppercorn, etc.

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Australian Wine Guide

In Robin Bradley’s Australian Wine Guide Lake’s Folly has the distinction of 5 stars for both wines.

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Passing of Reins

Stephen Lake now the winemaker. Max Lake consulting

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Small Wineries of Australia

Quoted in Bradley’s book Small Wineries of Australia as being one of the important vineyards of the world.

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Jeremy Oliver Acclaim

Jeremy Oliver’s book Thirst for Knowledge ranks Lake’s Folly in the 4 consistently best Australian Cabernets.

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Export Success

Substantial exports to the USA and UK including the Ritz in London, help put Australia’s mark on the wine world map.

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Now in France!

The 1978 Cabernet was chosen for France’s famous 3 star restaurant Troisgros.

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James Halliday Acclaim

James Halliday speaks of the Folly in his Australian Wine Guide, as being the first and one of the most famous of the boutique wineries in Australia, with an enviable reputation for quality and style. He also chose the 1991 Cabernet for his top shelf red selection of 13 wines.

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Langtons Classification encore

Both our wines are included for the second time in the Langton’s 2nd edition of Classification of Distinguished Australian Wine

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Chardonnay Acclaim

The 1996 Chardonnay was chosen in James Halliday's "Top 100" and The Gourmet Traveller "Wine Magazine" Top 20 Australian Chardonnay's.

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Huon Hooke

The 1997 Chardonnay was chosen in James Halliday's "Top 100", for the second time running. Huon Hooke wrote: "The Cabernets is a history making wine with pedigree and cult status.

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Fogarty Wine Group Acquires & Rodney Kempe takes the reins

The Folly changes ownership to Peter Fogarty and forms part of the Fogarty Wine Group. Rodney Kempe is appointed winemaker.

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Langtons & Troisgros Encore

Both the 1999 Cabernet and 1999 Chardonnay selected for France's Troisgros restaurant. Both wines included for the third time in the Langton's 3rd edition of Classification of Distinguished Australian Wine.

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Halliday & Hooke Acclaim

Of the 2000 vintage, James Halliday rates both wines 94/100, " close to perfection as the real world will allow." Huon Hooke writes – “quality at this winery is better than ever”.

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Wine of the Year

In a first for a Hunter Valley wine, the Lake’s Folly 2001 Cabernet blend is awarded Wine of the Year, by Jeremy Oliver, in his Australian Wine Annual (2004 Edition). One year later the ’02 red is awarded his best Australian Cabernet yet again.

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Jancis Robinson Acclaim

London – first-ever Langton's Classification tasting of Australia's best. Jancis Robinson's top red wine tasted is the '98 Folly red with a 5 star ranking. Halliday ranks '02 Chardonnay at 96 points in his "Top 100".

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Hallidays Best of Best

Halliday’s 2006 Wine Companion sees only 4 Hunter Valley wines make the “best of the best” section (excluding Semillons). Three of the four are Lake’s Folly wines from the ’02 and ’03 vintages with 94–96 point scores.

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40th Vintage

40th vintage and Lake’s Folly Cabernets ranked No 4 in Wine Ark’s 100 most collected wines.

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Max Lake sadly passes

Founder, Doctor Max Lake, passes away aged 84.

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Most Collected Cabernet

Wine Ark announces Lake's Folly as 'Most Collected Cabernet' in Australia which sees it move up the rankings as the '3rd Most Collected Wine' in Australia, overall.

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50th Anniversary

Lake's Folly enters its first-ever wine show and wins Trophy for 'Best Chardonnay' in the New World at the Six Nations Wine Challenge.
Wine Ark's 'Australia's Most Collected' list again sees Lake's Folly ranked as 'Most Collected Cabernet' and 3rd overall 'Most Collected Wine'.
The Chardonnay receives a No 2 ranking in the 'Most Collected Chardonnay' list.

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