2022 Lake’s Folly Red Blend Hunter Valley

From: $105.00

2022 Lake’s Folly Red Blend Hunter Valley – Established in 1963 by Doctor Max Lake, Lake’s Folly was the first new vineyard in the Hunter Valley last century. In early 2000, Lake’s Folly was purchased by Peter and Lee Fogarty and family who, along with Hunter-born and bred winemaker, Rodney Kempe, have continued to maintain the integrity and direction of this significant vineyard.

Their two flagship wines, a Cabernet blend and a Chardonnay, are made in limited quantities and are grown, vintaged, and made on the Estate. The wine styles are restrained and elegant, showing finesse and complexity. They have clarity of structure and great length of flavour.

A first for Lake’s Folly, this year’s red is a blend of Shiraz 47%, Merlot 34%, and Petit Verdot 19%. After harvesting their Shiraz, Merlot and Petit Verdot (and Chardonnay) grapes in 2022, they experienced very late harvest rainfall which impacted the Cabernet grapes, leading them to the decision to not harvest the Cabernet (the first time on record this has happened at Lake’s Folly). The finished result: a unique, unprecedented blend – a cracking wine (albeit without our usual Cabernet component), though in very limited quantities this release!

The fruit is open-fermented producing softer, more subtle tannins, and then transferred to large format casks for six months for settling, and then into small French oak barriques (new, one, and two-year-old) for approximately one year before bottling.

Bright, lifted fruits of mulberries and hints of cedary oak. This wine is clean and vibrant with lovely richness from generous fruits; again, mulberries dominate the palate. Wonderful balance, perfect supporting French oak and fine-grained tannins – yum! Lovely as a young wine, though should also imagine it as a great cellaring prospect of 10+ years – even without its usual Cabernet component in this 2022 blend.

*Arriving end of May 2024

Single Price: $140.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $105.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $1,260.00

Quantity discounts available