Best Value Winery

By The Tasting Team
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Lake Breeze – Langhorne Creek, SA

Best Value Winery of the Year is closely tied to the awarding of rosettes for wines offering special value for money at their price point. With more than 1400 rosettes awarded this year, the number of value wineries featured throughout the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion is considerable indeed. In narrowing down a top ten, I prioritised not only the highest number of rosettes and the highest strike rate but also inclusion of at least one value wine at $20 or below. While great value can occur at any price point, the wine holds a special place for us all at an everyday quaffing price.

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The 2019 Lake Breeze Bernoota Shiraz Cabernet, awarded a value rosette in the 2022 Companion.
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The value for money represented by Lake Breeze is nothing short of extraordinary.
Line ’em up, wine for wine and dollar for dollar and the value for money represented by Lake Breeze is nothing short of extraordinary: four wines under $20 scoring 90–95 points and four wines under $30 scoring 92–97 this year. Case closed.

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Owner and winemaker Greg Follett with his wife and Lake Breeze marketing manager, Robyn.

The Follett family is privileged to a deep history; the family has been tending its vines on the shores of Lake Alexandrina since the 1880s and picking up hundreds of trophies and gold medals in major wine shows across the country for decades. The calibre of Lake Breeze Wines in the wider Australian wine landscape was reaffirmed by nominations for our final taste-off for both Cabernet Sauvignon of the Year and Cabernet and Family of the Year, pitted against wines of more than 17 times their price.

The Follett family are fabulous ambassadors for an oft-neglected region and embody the heart and soul that we all love about Australian winemaking. It’s a bonus that their wines also happen to represent the best value in the country. – TL & TS

Tyson Stelzer on our 2022 Best Value Winery

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Previous Best Value Winery recipients were Hoddles Creek Estate (2015), West Cape Howe (2016), Larry Cherubino Wines (2017), Grosset (2018), Provenance (2019), Domaine Naturaliste (2020) and Best’s (2021).

*This is an edited extract from the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion, with reviews by Jane Faulkner, James Halliday, Erin Larkin, Tony Love, Ned Goodwin MW, Jeni Port and chief editor Tyson Stelzer.

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