Lake Breeze Bernoota Shiraz/Cabernet 2006
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Lake Breezes Bernoota is a lovely example of a classic Aussie blend. The nose is spicy and lifted on opening with notes of savory cedar touched up with light mint underpinning flowing into red cassis and richer blackberry fruit aromatically. The palate is medium fuller bodied and sleek, with a streak of lively acidity giving brightness to the fruit flavors that mirror the nose. Finer tuned tannins help firm up the long finish with a savory cast that works nicely with the vibrant fruit.
Blend: 60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Bernoota is a glass-coating opaque purple. Its aromatics display wood smoke, pepper, violets, black currant, and blueberry. On the palate it has some complexity, good depth, a bit of structure, and a smooth texture. This medium-long wine will evolve for 1-2 years but can be enjoyed now. "
Lake Breeze Winery
Lake Breeze The Follett family began farming at Langhorne Creek in 1880. The property was established by Arthur John Follett, the winemaker, Greg Folletts great, great, grandfather. Ken and Marlene Follett and sons Roger, Greg and Tim currently manage and run the vineyard and winery. Langhorne Creek Langhorne Creek can easily be discovered on a scenic one hour drive from Adelaide or 45 minutes from Victor Harbor. The township rests between the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges and Lake Alexandrina. Lake Breeze winery lies on the banks of the Bremer River and is surrounded by the majestic River Redgums and overlooks the 75 hectare Follet Family Vineyard. Grapes in this premium wine area have an intense quality due to the location and unique natural influences. Afternoon Lake Breezes create a surprisingly cool climate, which allows for a longer ripening period to enhance flavour retention. The unique annual flooding of the Bremer River deposits deep rich alluvial soil. This is ideal for the production of rich, full bodied red wines and white wines with exceptional flavour. A typical winter flood scene of the Lake Breeze vinyard. View all Lake Breeze Wines
About Barossa ValleyView a map of Barossa Valley wineries
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley proper. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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1 rating, 1 with review412/28/2012
Nice nose on first aerated pour. I would say to decant or aerate this wine to open it up.Dark fruit on the nose with hints of pencil lead. Dark berry and soft tannins on the first sip. Give this wine a little time before sipping and it will not disappoint. I would drink now through 2013.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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