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By JACINTA ROSE
HILE all winemakers claim to 'go
the extra mile' to ensure the quality
of their wine is top notch, False
Cape wines has a journey like no other.
The vineyard was planted by the Follett fam-
ily, owners of the award-winning Lake Breeze
winery at Langhorne Creek, as a way to
expand their operations into more diverse
For many, establishing a new vineyard more
than two hours away across Backstairs Passage
might not have seemed like the logical choice,
however, the family saw great potential for
wine production on Kangaroo Island.
Located on the Dudley Peninsula between
Penneshaw and Cape Willoughby, the 12-
hectare vineyard is run by Jamie and Julie
Helyar, with wines made by Julie's sister Greg
The Follett name has a long involvement in
the South Australian wine industry, with the
family having grown grapes in the Langhorne
Creek region since the 1880s. The Follett fam-
ily has been holidaying on Kangaroo Island
regularly for more than 25 years, and turned
the island paradise from a holiday destination
to the location for their new venture in 1999.
The site was chosen for its location on the
south east corner of the island, which is cool-
er than the northern side and has soils highly
suited to growing grapes.
The vineyard has two main soil types, with
the north-facing slope containing pure terra
rossa soil over limestone. The river flat has fer-
tile, dark alluvial soils, which have proved to
be ideal for vineyards.
Cabernet sauvignon and merlot were select-
ed for the initial plantings on the basis of their
suitablility to the vineyard site and for their
ease of growing characteristics.
Sauvignon blanc was later planted for its
marketability, and shiraz is located in among
the more limestone-riddled area of the vine-
yard, where the tougher soils fail to stop a
The area's cool climate and moderate rainfall
means red vari-
eties are dry
grown and the
summer from an on-farm dam.
The average yield of between five tonnes and
7t produces 1600 cases of False Cape wine,
which is made at the Lake Breeze winery at
Langhorne Creek. This results in a precise
picking schedule to ensure the grapes are
transferred from KI to the mainland as effi-
ciently as possible.
"Harvesting is timed to correspond with the
departure of the ferry back to the mainland to
minimise time spent in transit," winemaker
Greg Follett said.
"Following the one-hour trip on the ferry is
a 1.5 hour journey from Cape Jervis to
While the long distance between False Cape
and Lake Breeze presents a challenge at times,
the Follett family provides a prime example of
the notion that location barriers should not get
in the way of producing quality wine.
In order to develop the False Cape flavour
profile, red wines spend between seven and 12
days in open fermenters, followed by a mini-
mum of 18 months in barrels, with mainly
French oak used.
Five wines are marketed under the False
Cape brand. The Silver Mermaid Sauvignon
Blanc is ideal for summer drinking, with char-
acters reminiscent of passionfruit and guava.
Predominately a blend of merlot and cabernet,
the Montebello Rosé has a palate of sweet red
fruits and lingering balanced acidity.The Ships
Graveyard Shiraz and Unknown Sailor
Cabernet/Merlot are both ideal for cellaring,
and will retain and develop their flavours over
four to six years.
The king of the False Cape cellar is The
Captain Cabernet Sauvignon, named after
Captain Matthew Flinders, who discovered
Kangaroo Island. This wine claimed the cham-
pion cabernet sauvignon trophy at the 2008
National Cool Climate Wine Show and
has received five-
star ratings from
Sauvignon Blanc, Montebello Rosé and
Unknown Sailor Cabernet/Merlot are available
for $17, while the Ships Graveyard Shiraz and
The Captain Cabernet Sauvignon are aimed at
the higher end of the market, retailing for $19
and $28 respectively.
Domestic markets account for 90 per cent of
all sales, with False Cape wines available at
many of Kangaroo Island's restaurants and
wine stores, including Sorrento's Restaurant at
the KI Seafront Resort in Penneshaw. The
wines are also available for tasting and pur-
chase at the Lake Breeze cellar door.
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False Cape wines go the distance
A precise picking schedule ensures the grapes
are transferred from Kangaroo Island to the
mainland as efficiently as possible, according to
False Cape winemaker Greg Follett.
Varieties tailored to soil conditions
Ferry transports grapes
Site chosen for cool climate
The 12ha False Cape Vineyard on the Dudley Peninsula was established by the Follett family in
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