Lake Breeze, Arthur’s Reserve 2012, Wins Winestate Wine of the Year 2016

Arthur’s Reserve 2012, from Langhorne Creek’s Lake Breeze Wines, has come out on top against 10,000 wines from across Australia and New Zealand to be named Winestate Wine of the Year 2016.

The award, presented on 24 November in Adelaide, is the lb-2 second time Lake Breeze has come out triumphant after winning in 2010, with its 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Arthur’s Reserve is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, with small amounts of Petit Verdot (9 per cent) and Malbec (5 per cent) picked from 40-50 year old vines from the Follett family’s own vineyards on the Langhorne Creek flood plain.

Small open fermenters were used with maceration times varying from 8 to 12 days, before the wine is aged in French Oak for 21 months.

The resultant wine shows classic blackcurrant aromas with violets, mint and savoury characters. The palate has great depth and silkiness and shows wonderful intensity and length of flavour.

Speaking to The Lead, South Australia, Lake Breeze Winemaker, Greg Follett said: “The good news is that the 2013 has already won a trophy in Sydney for the best blend of the show so it’s proving to be a consistent wine from year to year”

“It’s one of our better performed wines and certainly the 2012 vintage was hugely successful for us for Cabernet in particular.

“The result is fantastic for us. There’s not too many wine awards these days where the phone starts ringing and you get an automatic boost in sales but having said that, we’ve already fielded a few inquiries and we don’t have a huge amount of stock.”

Follett said the award was also recognition of the Langhorne Creek region 65km southeast of Adelaide, which was sometimes overlooked in favour of its higher-profile neighbours, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley.

“Within the industry it’s fairly well-known and regarded but to the general public we fly under the radar a bit because we’re spoilt for wine regions here in South Australia,” he said.

“We’ve certainly been punching above our weight in the wine shows for years, so the quality has always been here.”

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Each year Winestate evaluates around 10,000 wines in 12 categories from all regions in Australia and New Zealand using an audited and independent judging process.

Winestate Publisher, Peter Simic, commented: “To be the overall winner the wine has to be head and shoulders above its peers in that category compared with the winning wines in other categories. In this case the Lake Breeze Lake Breeze Arthur’s Reserve 2012 stood above all others.”

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