Red 5 Star Rated Winery – By James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2018
Australia’s first boutique winery, Lake’s Folly was established by Dr Max Lake and his family in
1963. Still family-owned, Peter Fogarty and his winemaker, Rodney Kempe, continue to maintain
the quality and integrity of this significant vineyard. Only two wines are made – a Cabernet blend
and a Chardonnay – in limited quantities. All are grown, vintaged and bottled on the Estate.
The wine styles are restrained and elegant, showing finesse and complexity. They have clarity of
structure and great length of flavour.
With a total production of a mere 4,500 cases, less then a quarter is Chardonnay. Lakes Folly
practice the KISS philosophy, producing only one red and one white. The most important aspect
is great fruit and attention to detail from vineyard to bottle with as little intervention possible.
In the vineyard, quality is derived primarily from the terroir. The old vines, now well and truly
self regulated to produce low cropping high quality fruit, are well established and give consistency
even in difficult years. The winemaking aspect is very simple. Hand picking, gentle crushing and
traditional open fermentation for the reds, barrel fermentation and extended yeast lees contact
for the Chardonnay. Judicious use of French oak, small barrel maturation for both, hand bottling
and that’s it, no more, no less.