Nick Stock | Fleurieu Living Magazine
The Follett family holds pride of place among winemakers of Langhorne Creek. The Follett’s early recognition of the region’s ability to make reds with such bold flavours and early appeal has paved their path to success over many years. There’s barely a South Australian backyard that hasn’t played hot to a bottle or three of their wines.
I’ve long held a special place for Lake Breeze Bernoota in my repertoire of classic barbecue bottles. Having written countless lists recommending the top value wines, this is a red that always makes the top order, it is really hard to beat and is justifiably famous in local circles. The varieties marry so well in an embrace of red plum and dark berry fruit flavours. Drink or hold.
2021 Section 54 Shiraz
This takes the effortless richness of the region’s shiraz and tunes it gently in French oak to good effect. Supple and smooth tannins caress this fleshy shiraz softly with plenty of richness in the flavour department. Drink now.
2020 Arthur’s Reserve
In essence, this is a best of vintage wine for cabernet which is a variety that excels for Lake Breeze. Aromas of blackcurrant, chocolate, mulberry, cedar, plum and mint all delivered so freshly. The palate has a robustness that is underscored by nicely judged tannin structure. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec and petit verdot. Drink or hold.
2020 Bernoota | Country Style Nick Ryan
Halliday 2024 Wine Companion
On the back of our Best Value Winery of the Year award in the 2022 Wine Companion and Greg being a finalist in the 2023 Wine Companion's Best Winemaker award, this years Halliday's results are terrific.
In actual fact, this year’s results are better than those when we won the Best Value Winery of the Year. Each of our wines submitted received a value ‘rosette’ and three quarters of them scored above 94 points.
98 pts Arthur’s Reserve 2020
97 pts The Drake 2018
95 pts Winemaker’s Selection Shiraz 2021
95 pts Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
95 pts Section 54 Shiraz 2021
95 pts Vermentino 2022
94 pts Bernoota 2021
94 pts Nero d’Avola 2022
94 pts Reserve Chardonnay 2021
2021 Section 54 Shiraz
94 pts Tyson Stelzer - WBMagazine
"A beautifully crafted Shiraz that captures the black fruit and liquorice density of Langhorne Creek and frames it impeccably in fine-grained tannins, the bright acidity of an exceptional and cool season and excellent, classy oak. The result has a feeling of polished refinement and deliciousness. Classic Follett craftsmanship and value."
Our 2023 Vintage is almost upon us.
Here are some insights from Greg on the eve of harvest, which is going to be at least a few weeks later than usual ... but we'll let him tell you all about that.
Click HERE to watch now!
Our 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon was the highest scoring wine of this years Langhorne Creek Wine Show, picking up the Champion Wine of Show along with the Best Cabernet trophy.
We've been fortunate to be awarded the Champion Wine Trophy for four consecutive years and this is the sixth occasion our Cabernet Sauvignon has won.
Champion Wine of Show | 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
Best Cabernet Sauvignon | 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
Best Sparkling Wine, White Wine or Rosé | Lake Breeze Wines
Best Blended Red Wine | 2019 Arthur’s Reserve
Best Shiraz | 2020 Bull Ant Shiraz
Best Museum or Fortified Wine | 2013 Arthur’s Reserve
A great feature in The Australian by James Halliday. Backing up our 'Best Value Winery of the Year', Jame Halliday has pointed three of our wines as:
97 pts Section 54 Shiraz 2020
96 pts Old Vine Grenache 2021
95 pts Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 - to be released later this year.
Read more here.
SA Life | Tony Love Dec 2021
Arthur’s Reserve 2018
"Cabernet and malbec are the hero varieties of this much treasured region, just an hour south of Adelaide. Old vineyards occupy the floodplain between the Angas and Bremer rivers, while Lake Alexandrina immediately to the south offers a shoreline drive and endless horizons, as well as a unique climatic influence for the region’s elegant red wines. The much-awarded, classic Lake Breeze blend captures the essence of fine cabernet aromatics with the blue fruits and rusticity of regional specialty malbec."
Halliday Wine Companion 2022 Best Value Winery of the Year
This award is not only great recognition for the hard work of our entire family and staff over the years, but for Langhorne Creek.
"Line ’em up, wine for wine and dollar for dollar and the value for money represented by Lake Breeze is nothing short of extraordinary: four wines under $20 scoring 90–95 points and four wines under $30 scoring 92–97 this year. Case closed." Tyson Stelzer & Tony Love
97 pts 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon [not yet released]
95 pts 2018 Arthur's Reserve
95 pts 2019 Section 54 Shiraz
95 pts 2020 Rosato
Halliday Wine Companion Magazine | Tony Love
2019 Bernoota Shiraz Cabernet
“Average vine age in the popular red blend (60:40 shiraz/cabernet) is more that 40 years. Each vintage shows a gradual easing back of American oak with more French in use, new oak also reducing now to under 20%. That said, the barrels ar still an important part of the personality of this wine. It’s a traditional style, abundant dark fruits, captured ripe and vibrant and with a heap of black pepper in the spice profile. A wine that keeps on giving with every glass full. And will do so for many years.”
We're thrilled to be shortlisted for Halliday's Best Value Winery of the Year!
"The Follett family is privileged to a deep history; the family has been tending its vines on the shores of Lake Alexandrina since the 1880s and picking up hundreds of trophies and gold medals in major wine shows across the country for decades. They are fabulous ambassadors for an oft-neglected region and embody the heart and soul that we all love about Australian winemaking. It’s a bonus that their wines also happen to represent some of the best value in the country" – Tony Love & Tyson Stelzer
Champion Wine of the 2021 Langhorne Creek Wine Show
This years' Multi-Color Langhorne Creek Wine Show is certainly the one of our most successful!
Of the 20 wines we entered in the show, all received medals including 7 gold, 9 silver and 4 bronze.
Champion Wine of Show | 2019 Malbec
2019 Malbec | Best Malbec Trophy
2019 Arthur's Res | Best Red Blend Trophy
2012 Arthur's Res | Best Museum Trophy
+ Producer of the Year Trophy
gold medal 2018 Bernoota
gold medal 2019 Arthur’s Reserve
gold medal 2012 Arthur’s Reserve
gold medal 2019 Malbec
gold medal 2019 Bull Ant Cab Merlot
gold medal 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
gold medal Naughty Nanny
2018 Arthur's Reserve
Tyson Stelzer Australian Wine Business Magazine
“A grand juxtaposition of the power, endurance, energy and even elegance of Langhorne Creek. Brilliant blackcurrant and blackberry fruit is backed with fresh liquorice and dark chocolate oak. An intricately assembled framework relies equally on bright acid line and fine-grained tannins, making for a cellaring special.”
The Real Review Top Wineries of Australia 2021
We are chuffed to again this year be included in The Real Review Top Wineries of Australia 2021.
2018 Arthur's Reserve rated 94 pts
2019 Malbec rated 94 pts
2018 Winemaker's Selection rated 93 pts
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon rated 92 pts
James Halliday's 2021 Wine Companion
5 RED STAR WINERY
2018 Section 54 Shiraz | 94 pts
“Select parcels where fermented in small ope-top fermenters before ageing in high quality French oak for 15 months. This is delicious. Pulpy. Floral. An easy flow of rich dark-berry fruit references splayed across detailed tannins and ample spice. The oak is there. But is serves a purpose: to corral the wine’s inherent generosity.” Ned Goodwin MW
The Real Review Top Wineries of Australia 2020
We are proud to announce that Lake Breeze Wines is one of The Real Review Top Wineries of Australia 2020.
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon rated 95 pts
2016 Arthur's Reserve rated 95 pts
"Deep, dark purple colour. Oak-derived toast and vanilla leads an otherwise richly-fruited nose of plums and blackcurrants. Some charming complexity; cured meats and dried herbs. The palate shows more red berries than blue or black - oak is firm. Still settling. A terrific wine at this price."
NICK BUTLER - The Real Review
Langhorne Creek's Star Cellar Door & Best Tasting Experience
"It’s a welcoming place with friendly, knowledgeable staff and a lovely view out over the vineyards. The wines are cracking: superb cabernet and shiraz blends, pure with deep, resonant fruit and a wonderful pair of fortifieds, a rare tawny and rare frontignac, that hark back to an undisputed historical lineage that continues to burn brightly. The kitchen offers a number of delicious dishes and if you are in need of a bed, look no further than Lake Breeze’s bed and breakfast, The Creek Cottage."
David Brookes - Gourmet Traveller Wine Magzine
2018 Section 54 Shiraz
"Dark cherry in hue. Cedary oak is currently firm and forceful ahead of black plum and dark cherry aromas. There's lovely intensity to the palate - raspberry liqueur and mulberries - oak returns, along with skin tannins to taper and drive the finish. Concentration and quality well beyond the humble price point."
NICK BUTLER - The Real Review
“It’s not from Margaret River, nor Coonawarra, but from Langhorne Creek: and Lake Breeze’s Arthur’s Reserve ’16 is one of Australia’s great cabernet sauvignon-based wines. One of our country’s most awesome red wines full-stop in fact, and has been - vintage conditions permitting - for a decade and a half. So too the straight cabernet sauvignon.”
James Halliday's 2020 Wine Companion
Lake Breeze has been selected in James Halliday's Top 10 Best Value Wineries. And to top that off, we've received some great scores!
Arthur's Reserve 2016 | 97 pts
Winemaker's Selection Shiraz 2016 | 95 pts
Section 54 Shiraz 2017 | 95 pts
Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 | 94 pts
Lake Breeze Wines
"Fourteen wines submitted, 11 with value rosettes. It did well at the top end, with all but one in the rosette mix, and 100% for the wines rated at 90 to 94 points. Langhorne Creek has a perfect climate for shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, and was the making of Wolf Blass." James Halliday
MATTHEW JUKES | 100 TOP AUSTRALIAN WINES 2019/20
Well respected wine scribe, Matthew Jukes has unveiled his 16th edition of the 100 Best Australian Wines, in which our 2016 Bernoota has been selected.
“This is a very smart wine which takes the best part of Shiraz and blends it with the best elements of Cabernet and Lake Breeze is one of the finest exponents of this craft in the world. The 2016 is a 60/40 split and it spends 20 months in French and American barriques before release. I am not sure I can think of a finer way to spend £20 on a big juicy red wines, but then I would say that, wouldn’t I, given I love this blend and this property so much."
#1 FLEURIEU 2016 CABERNET TASTING
Our 2016 Cabernet has been listed top in Huon Hooke's The Real Review Fleurieu 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting.
It was ranked #1 of the 37 wines tasted.
Check out the top 4 ...
1. Lake Breeze 2016 Cabernet $25
2. Hickinbotham 2016 Trueman Cabernet $75
3. d'Arenberg 2016 The Coppermine Road $75
4. Pertaringa 2016 Tipsy Hill Cabernet $250
2016 CABERNET CHAMPION WINE
Our 2016 Cabernet was awarded the CHAMPION WINE OF SHOW again at the 2019 Langhorne Creek Wine Show.
We also hosted the Wine Show Luncheon on the lawns at Lake Breeze, with 290 guests in our backyard to celebrate the end of the 2019 vintage and witness Greg collect 4 trophies.
This is the 6th time in 10 years we’ve won Champion Wine of Show.
Other trophies we were awarded:
2016 Cabernet | Best Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy
2016 Bernoota | Best Red Blend Trophy
2012 Cabernet | Best Museum Trophy
AUSTRALIA'S WINE BUSINESS MAGAZINE [WBM]
Greg features on the Jan/Feb 2019 cover of the revered industry magazine, WBM. The charming Katie Spain interviewed Greg for an entertaining read.
Hooke | The Real Review
"Which regions produce the most under-priced cabernet in Australia?
Your answer needs to include Langhorne Creek ..."
HUON HOOKE published a great article singing the praises of our cabernets this week. Read more on THE REAL REVIEW here.
Both our cabernets were ..."nestled among the highest rated wines of the line-up, which were much more expensive..."
Huon tasted 115 wines in the line-up and scored our 2015 Cabernet 95 points and the 2014 Arthur's Reserve 96 points.
Read more here.
The Australian | Nick Ryan | 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Trophy winner for best cabernet sauvignon of show and best wine of show.
"Greg Follett must be one of the most highly awarded and little-known winemakers in the country. Every year he does a Michael Phelps at the wine show and this year was no exception, yet again taking out the trophy for most successful exhibitor. This wine is benchmark Langhorne Creek cabernet, showing a lovely dry leafiness amid polished red fruits. It’s lithe and sinewy, alert and refined, and just may be the best value cabernet in the country."
May 15, 2018
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR + CELLAR DOOR WITH THE BEST FOOD
We're chuffed to be awarded the Best Large Cellar Door for the second year running!
Check out the Apr/May edition of Gourmet Wine Traveller Magazine.
CABERNET ... IN ALL ITS GLORY
Tony Love - Herald Sun
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
"The Creek’s cabernet has long been regarded as one of the region’s natural gifts, and here you see it in all its glory: pure cassis/black currant crush that has such wonderful fruit concentration that the oak and other herbal elements usually expected in such a wine find their best role as a supportive backdrop. The drive and reverb in the palate is excellent, with a slightly dusty/cedar/pencil case note in the finish adding further integrity and length. A delightful wine."
best with: duck breast
Mar 20, 2018
BERNOOTA ... A GREAT AMBASSADOR
Tony Love - The Advertiser
2015 Bernoota Shiraz cabernet
"From one of the district’s original farming and then wine biz families, Greg and Robyn Follett now steering traditional regional reds and also some newer varieties. The shiraz/cabernet red blend has brought considerable fame to the district, and this iteration is a great ambassador, the shiraz adding a plushness while the cabernet brings aromatic power with distinctive eucalypt leaf and forest floor notes, followed by palate richness and fine, dusty tannins to its dry Aussie red finish."
Feb 18, 2018
WINE OF THE WEEK - 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON"An amazing buy: this is a superb cabernet and the price is a gift. Fresh, clean, beautifully made cabernet with lots of cassis and negligible regional gum leaf aroma. It’s full-bodied, rich and perfectly ripe, with good structure for ageing and a long aftertaste."
Feb 8, 2017
"WHAT A LEGEND THIS GREAT AUSSIE WINE HAS BECOME ..."
Tony Love - The Advertiser
"... topping the $25 and under class at the Great Australian Red judging - and not for the first time. It's a 60:40 shiraz dominant blend, but says a lot about the power of Langhorne Creek cabernet, which brings its glorious aromatics and bold fruit as well as adding its big bones to the structure, yet remaining deliciously soft to finish."
James Halliday's 2017 Wine Companion - 5 red star winery rating
95 pts Arthur's Reserve 2013
95 pts False Cape 2013 The Captain Cabernet Sauvignon
94 pts Winemaker's Selection Shiraz 2014 Shiraz
94 pts Section 54 2014 Shiraz
"A YOUNG BUT DELICIOUS CAB-SAUV FROM LAKE BREEZE", SAYS 'TIM' WINE EDITOR JANE FAULKNER.
Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
score: 93 value: Brilliant
"Lake Breeze’s winemaker Greg Follett is pretty chuffed with the 2012 vintage, arguably the best in the past decade or so. The cabernet fruit is sourced from 40-year-old vines on his property and it turns into this fragrant and delicious – if youthful – wine. It smells really good and enticing" ... read more here.
James Halliday's 2016 Wine Companion - 5 red star winery rating
97 pts The Drake 2010
96 pts Arthur's Reserve 2012
95 pts Section 54 Shiraz 2013
94 pts Winemaker's Selection Shiraz 2013
94 pts Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
THE WINE FRONT - Campbell Mattinson
Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
"Grown on 40 year old vines. Awarded Champion Wine at the 2014 Langhorne Creek Wine Show. Matured in 100% French oak, 40% of which is new.
Strong, bold and vivid. Lively for a cabernet. Flavours and aromas of pure blackcurrant, smoky vanillin oak, musk and violet. Healthy serve of eucalypt/mint character. Smooth through the palate, succulent through the finish. Fruit-filled tannin. Crowd-pleasing but well structured and balanced. In short, it’s very good."
Rated : 93 Points Drink : 2016 - 2024
Lake Breeze Bernoota Shiraz Cabernet 2012
"Grown on 40 year old vines. Gold medal winner at the 2014 Langhorne Creek Wine Show. 60% shiraz, 40% cabernet sauvignon. Slightly less new oak than used for previous vintages.
If you’ve been known to enjoy a bottle of Lake Breeze’s famed Bernoota red, then you will love this. It’s a classic example of the label. Balanced, bountifully-fruited, slapped with sexy vanillin/coffeed/musky oak but, importantly, beautifully well balanced. Tickled with fine tannin through the finished. Spot on example of the style."
Rated : 93+ Points Drink : 2015 - 2025
Lake Breeze amongst Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine's 'Best Cellar Door Awards'
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE Langhorne Creek: Lake Breeze Wines.
James Halliday's 2014 Wine Companion - 5 red star winery rating
95 pts Winemaker's Selection Shiraz 2010 Shiraz
95 pts Arthur's Reserve 2009
94 pts Section 54 2010 Shiraz
94 pts False Cape 2010 The Captain Cabernet Sauvignon
It’s an Aussie icon – an institution, declares Tyson Stelzer – wine author and the Wine Communicators of Australia 2013 Wine Communicator of the Year. The timeless blend of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, first championed in Australia in the late 1800s, is being ‘resurrected’ thanks to The Great Australian Red challenge, conceived and run by Tyson and UK wine communicator, Matthew Jukes
“The one wine that scored the most comments from sommeliers and trade this afternoon at our tasting was the Lake Breeze Bernoota Shiraz Cabernet 2009 from Langhorne Creek – out of all our wines on show. You can pick this up for around $18. It was by far, everyone said, the wine that was the most consistent,” said Tyson.
Jeremy Oliver's Australian Wine Annual 2013
2008 Arthur's Reserve Cabernet Petit Verdot "A classy, very polished wine whose deep, heady bouquet of violets, cassis, blackberries, blueberries and cedary oakreveals undertone...
Halliday's Wine Companion 2013 STANDOUTS
Bullant 2010 Shiraz 94 Points "Langhorne Creek's Lake Breeze continue to impress with high-quality red wines of exceptional quality. This newly released 2010 Lake Breeze Bullant...
Section 54 Shiraz 2009
From bold and brooding to floral and silky, there's diversity of local styles to suit all tastes and budgets, writes Jane Faulkner. "Winemaker Greg Follett comes from a long line...
The Great Australian Red
TROPHY FOR 'BERNOOTA'! The yet to be released 2009 vintage of our 'Bernoota' Shiraz Cabernet blend, has been awarded a gold medal and the trophy for BEST WINE $20 & UNDER at T...