Lake Breeze Reserve Chardonnay 2019
1 or more bottles$23.99
Huon Hooke89 points
James Halliday'92 points
The surprisingly cool, maritime conditions at Langhorne Creek allow for a slow even ripening where fresh natural acidity and varietal fruit characters are retained.
The grapes for the 2019 Reserve Chardonnay were picked from the most outstanding block of chardonnay on the property and gently pressed prior to barrel fermentation and maturation in French oak.
Elements of wild yeast fermentation, extended time on yeast lees and partial malo-lactic fermentation have added complexity and enhanced the natural citrus and nectarine flavours in the wine.
An elegant wine with a long and textured finish, which has the capacity to age gracefully in the bottle over the next 6 to 8 years
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Critic Scores & reviews
""Bright, light to mid-yellow colour with a herbal, vegetal, silage and aroma, a strongly-oaked wine with a lot of vegetal notes. Full and soft, round and easygoing in the mouth, with generous Cognac-like oak and cleansing dryness to finish.""
James Halliday's Wine Companion92
""Pressed to barrels (30% new) for wild fermentation. All the smart chardonnay techniques in play, 9 months on lees with minimal bâttonage. Lovely ripe flavours, of melon more than peach. Barrel-ferment characters like a touch of gingery spice, while the citrus elements push just a little towards tangy mandarin. Plenty on offer at this price.""
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About the brand Lake Breeze
We have a rich history beginning in the 1850's when William Hill first took up land in Langhorne Creek, building the initial homestead later become known as 'Fairholme'. William's granddaughter married Arthur Follett, who established the first vineyards on the property during the late 1880's.
Arthur was the eldest son of John Follett who had arrived in Adelaide in 1839 at the age of 19 and he made his home at 'Hazel Farm', Mount Barker. Arthur followed his heart to Langhorne Creek, establishing the vineyard at 'Fairholme' and marrying Alice Fairweather in 1890.
The property had always combined a successful dairy farm along with grape growing. The 'Bremer View Illawarra Stud' was founded by Len Follett in 1932 and he became well recognised for running one of the best production Illawarra herds in South Australia.
Ken continued his father's and grandfather's legacy, but began to place a greater emphasis on wine grape growing. He replaced the old palomino and doradillo vines in the 1960's and 1970's with cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and later chardonnay. These varieties currently make up the bulk of our 90 hectare vineyard. Ken and Marlene reside at 'Bernoota', the homestead which was built in the late 1920's.
A new chapter began for the Follett family with the first Lake Breeze wine produced in 1987. This led to the opening of the cellar door in 1991.
The next generation have now assumed control with Greg the winemaker, Roger the export and sales manager and Tim managing the vineyard, all working together to make Lake Breeze Wines the huge success that it is today.