(Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot)- Langhorne Creek, SA
Those familiar with the brand will know full well how Lake Breeze make some of the most generously priced, traditional Aussie style reds around. For instance, how many Australian wineries from a reputed cabernet region could lay claim to releasing a reserve level cabernet for $30, whose current vintage already bears 5 years of age? Not many I bet!
Beautifully composed and savoury on the nose, this 84/16 blend of cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot still reveals a strong presence of fragrant pencil shavings/cedar oak at 5 years old, underneath which resides some savoury edged, briary dark berry fruits, herb/menthol and mint aromas. With some thanks to extended bottle age its palate is charmingly settled and elegant, announcing an initial burst of juicy, briary berry fruits and herbs with choc-licorice undertones. It finishes with more savoury, drier character, revealing notes of olive and graphite and a cedar/chocolate oak influence that marginally grips the wine with creamy, polished tannins and bright, well judged acids.
ü+ Old vine fruit + 22 months in new French oak + selection of only the best barrels + only 250 dozen made = $30!? I almost feel like leaving a tip! Drink to 2015.