Squitchy Lane wines are made without compromise. Our goal is to produce great wine—as the saying goes, if better is possible then good is not enough.
We know it’s a long journey and we are excited to be on the way. There is plenty to learn before we reach our goal—how best to grow the different clones and varieties, how to prune them, whether they need irrigation in hot summers and so on.
Likewise our winemaking journey is complex, sometimes frustrating but always challenging—when should we harvest, have the flavours developed sufficiently, do we have the right oak barrels are among the many questions we consider.
Above all, we are convinced of the absolute importance of genuinely great fruit. Once that’s achieved, the winemaker then becomes a wine “shepherd”, gently managing his flock, rather than a wine “producer”.
So the goal of producing great wine now becomes inextricably linked with the expression and capacity of our unique vineyard site. This is our “terroir”. It is synonymous with the making of great wine.
You can see this synchronicity in the wines themselves—taste the 2015 Pinot Noir, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2014 Fume Blanc or the 2013 Chardonnay and you will taste the vineyard. These wines could not come from anywhere else but this little parcel of land just out of the town of Coldstream. That’s what they taste like and that’s what we want to show you.
Another part of greatness is consistency. We want our wines to have a unique, recognisable flavor and character that can be attributed solely to this vineyard.
At Squitchy Lane, it’s not our goal to compete with other Yarra Valley wineries so that we can say, “our wine is the best”. Our goal is to produce great wines in their own right. We don’t follow trends nor do we make wine that’s over-processed or manipulated.
We do make wine that’s genuine, authentic and the best we can offer.
At last, another Cabernet release--and what a beauty! One for the true believers and the Bordeaux lovers.
Lashings of cassis fruit, sweet oak and the trademark Squitchy suppleness. Lovely now or in ten years time.
Medium-deep ruby, with a red-purple centre
Brooding, dark fruit profile with an inky, graphite-like note from the time on skins.
A true “vin de garde”, this wine does not reveal itself easily in its youth. Ripe fruit flavours merge with toasted oak in a restrained manner now but some years in the cellar will allow the wine to blossom and show its true colours.
Medium ruby, retaining youthful hue.
Aromas of red fruits, plums and spicy oak. Quite restrained in its youth but we expect the bouquet will develop depth and interest as the wine matures.
The palate is very much in the Squitchy Lane style—sleek, harmonious, supple and spicy. Medium-bodied, the wine shows classical Cabernet structure that is softened by the Merlot.
Great cellaring potential. We suggest five to ten years.
From the great 2014 vintage, this wine is rich yet elegant. Not as full-bodied as the 2013, more in line with the 2012 but with greater depth.
Full of stone-fruit and citrus flavours with restrained oak. Lovely balance and harmony.
Light straw with green tinges, still looking very youthful.
The aroma is intense and powerful. Lifted passionfruit, smoke and lantana mingle together to create a striking bouquet, reminiscent of the 2012 Fume Blanc.
The palate somewhat belies the nose, being richer than one might expect. It's the best feature of our Fume Blancs--they constantly surprise at every turn.
Smooth, rounded and long on the finish with exquisite fruit penetration.
Ideal for drinking now but as we have seen with previous releases, cellaring for several years adds to the intrigue of the wine.
Rich, deep ruby appearance.
Heady aromas of plum, raspberry and fragrant oak. Some complex savoury, stalky notes are also apparent.
The palate is luscious, smooth and powerful. Full of fruit, concentrated yet balanced and in harmony. The supple silky mouthfeel of Pinot Noir is on full display with the flavours sustained on an extended finish.
Excellent drinking now but should be cellared to allow it to show its full quality.