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Bernoota Cabernet Shiraz

Lake Breeze - Bernoota Cabernet Shiraz 2016

Australia
Red Wine from South Australia · Australia
Price: £18.95
Case Rate: £17.99
Ex Tax: £15.79
Country:
Wine Region: South Australia
Wine Area: Langhorne Creek
Winery: Lake Breeze
Wine Maker: Greg Follett
Grape: Shiraz Cabernet
Grape Percentage: Shiraz 60%, Cabernet 40%
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink now - 2020
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Rating 16.5 pts  JancisRobinson.com
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Country:
Wine Region: South Australia
Wine Area: Langhorne Creek
Winery: Lake Breeze
Wine Maker: Greg Follett
Grape: Shiraz Cabernet
Grape Percentage: Shiraz 60%, Cabernet 40%
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink now - 2020

Wine tasting notes

‘Bernoota’ was the original name given to the homestead on the Lake Breeze property - it is an Aboriginal name for ‘camp among the gum trees’. The 2012 ‘Bernoota’ is a blend of Shiraz (60%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), carefully selected from old vines on the Follett family vineyard. The wine shows dark fruit characters of blackberry and plums, with a hint of choc mint and smoky oak aromas. The palate encompasses all of the trademark Langhorne Creek fruit sweetness and soft tannins. Although extremely palatable now, it will mature gracefully with correct cellaring for the next 8-10 years.

Expert reviews

JancisRobinson.com (2012) - 16.5 pts

Tasted April 2015 - 60% Shiraz, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon from 37 year-old vines - selected fruit representing the crème de la crème of this family grower's production. Mid glowing crimson. Very sweet, ripe fruit with a mineral undertow. You can smell some of the sweetness of American oak here, shifting the profile into a corner of the blockbuster bullring. But it finishes cool and competently. The acidity is well integrated and many a wine drinker looking for oomph without exaggeration would really enjoy this.


James Halliday (2012) - 89 pts

Excellent colour no surprise; a full-bodied 60/40% blend, with masses of blackberry, plum and blackcurrant fruits that have calmly swallowed the tannins and oak; the balance is such that even better things are in store for those who are patient.


James Halliday (2013) - 92 pts

Good colour; the bouquet has a fragrant assemblage of blackberry, blackcurrant, spice and oak, the medium-bodied palate a continuum of that assemblage. No need to wait, but don't panic - it will hang around for some years to come.


Wine Front (2013) - 93 pts

Amongst all the Australia wine families that have outlived others, succeeded in business beyond others, and somehow managed to keep wine businesses afloat, there are those that go about things quietly, like the 120 years of Folletts in Langhorne Creek. A quietly iconic wine, is Bernoota Shiraz Cabernet. That Aussie blend from a warm hearted place. Distinct Aussie bushwalk scents of earth, eucalyptus, wet leaves, sweet paperbark bark. There’s dark berries and plum going on, but it’s that savoury lift that defines the wine. Medium weight, glossy in texture, crisp acidity lending a freshness as the sweet slick of red-black fruit glides across the palate. There’s leafy notes through the wine, light sandy tannins, and it finishes with a little saline character. All up, it’s a bright, flavoursome wine, with fine structure; an easy wine to come at and drink or cellar. Bewdy.


Wine Front (2012) - 93 pts

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.


Miscellaneous (2012) - 95 stars

Nicks.com.au - "Totally opaque inky black purple colour with a deep dark purple hue. Pronounced aromas of blackberry, blackcurrants and liquorice overlay a hint of mint and spicy cedar. Medium to full bodied with abundant richness the palate sports mouthfilling flavours of blackberries, blackcurrant and choc mint followed by some vanillin cedar and spice. Velvet smooth tannins. Excellent length with a long aftertaste of ripe blackberries, choc mint, vanillin cedar and spice. Already very savoury now this excellent red will only get better with time."


Miscellaneous (2012)

Trophy - The Great Australian Red Competition 2014 & 2015 - Best Australian Cabernet Shiraz Blend under $25 The Great Australian Red 2015 was chaired by Brian Walsh and panel chaired by Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer. Judges were Tim Dolan (Peter Lehmann), Tim Knappstein (Riposte), Sam Barry (Clos Clare), Ben Glaetzer (Glaetzer Heartland), Andrew Wood (Waywood), Natalie Cleghorn (Yalumba), Adam Wadewitz (Shaw + Smith), Paul Hotker (Bleasdale), Brock Harrison (Jacob’s Creek) and Tony Love (The Advertiser). Matthew Jukes commented - "Bernoota is incredible value for money, given its Langhorne Creek postcode, and it brings a darker, more brooding, theme to proceedings Only the very best blocks are used then a combination of both French and American oak does the rest. This wine is categorically the best value big red in this year’s list but it is a wine that requires patience. The key to the success of the 2012 vintage is the 40% Cabernet in the blend which is some of the best seen on this property in decades."


Miscellaneous (2013) - 96 stars

Nicks.com.au - "Outstanding impenetrable midnight black purple colour with a deep dark purple hue. Pronounced aromas of liquorice, blackberry and ripe blackcurrant are overlaid by some choc mint like characters with underlying cedar and spice notes. Medium to full bodied with an abundance of richness and a round supplely textured mouthfeel the palate boasts a generous flavour profile of liquorice and ripe blackberries infused with choc mint followed by some lightly toasted cedar and spice. Velvet smooth tannins. Excellent depth and volume with a very long conclusion of choc mint, liquorice, ripe blackberries and spicy cedar. A ripe texturally polished Shiraz Cabernet blend with no shortage of fruit. Trophy winner at the 2015 Great Australian Red for the best wine $25 and under."

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