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.