Lake's Folly's main production is focused on two wines, which consistently rate in the best of their type in Australia.
Our wines are single-site grown, vintaged and made on the estate.
Lake's Folly Cabernets is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Shiraz made from low-yielding, estate-grown, hand-picked fruit. The fruit is open-fermented producing softer, more subtle tannins, and then transferred to large old casks for six months for settling, and then into small French oak barriques (new and one- and two-year-old) for approximately one year before bottling. Excellent long-term cellaring potential of up to 20 years, depending on the vintage.
Rated: Excellent – Langtons Classification of Australian Wine
In 2021, we saw the end of a three-year drought period (El Niño), with vineyard yields bouncing back, and the 2021 Cabernets is layered, balanced and beautiful. True to the Folly style, as always.
Lifted blueberry, raspberry and fresh cherry aromas with hints of liquorice and black pepper, that carry over to the palate. A medium-bodied style, it is classy and nicely balanced, with a lovely tannin-to-fruit-sweetness ratio, resulting in a textural, stylish wine.
Lake's Folly Chardonnay is made from low yielding, estate-grown fruit which is barrel fermented and aged on yeast lees for eight months in French oak barriques (30–50% new). There is no secondary malolactic fermentation.
The wine cellars extraordinarily well, with many vintages living for 10+ years.
95+ / 100
During 2022, the La Niña weather pattern delivered late harvest rainfall; however, Chardonnay is a remarkably resilient grape and it never ceases to amaze us that, often, the best vintages of Lake’s Folly Chardonnay come from these more challenging seasons – due, in part, to its better natural acid retention from the cooler harvest period (being one theory). Suffice to say, the 2022 vintage Chardonnay is outstanding, with potential for great longevity.
Golden straw in colour; the nose shows lifted fruits of peach, pear juice and citrus, with hints of spice and dried oats. The palate is tight and fine, with the same fruits of peach and pear juice coming through, complemented by subtle, but perfectly-integrated, French oak. Elegant, stylish, with great acidity to give length and persistence. A great wine that will also benefit from further time in bottle.