• Squitchy Lane goes vegan

    Date Posted: 02 Aug 2018

    Well, that's not quite true--we have always made vegan-friendly wines but we didn't tell anybody. Now, with so much press and publicity about veganism, it's perhaps time to tell the story.
    For hundreds of years, winemakers have used various products, known as fining agents, to clarify and stabilise wine. The major purpose of animal products in fining is to reduce tannins and astringency, making wine smoother and more palatable. Such products include egg whites, gelatine and skimmed milk.
    At Squitchy Lane, we work very carefully in the vineyard and winery to make sure our wines are balanced and supple, thus avoiding the need for any fining. We think that's always better for the wine.
    So you can drink our wines, safe in the knowledge that they contain no animal products and that no such products were used in the winemaking process.

  • 2017 Rosé

    Date Posted: 08 Mar 2018

    With the last few weeks of warm weather ahead of us, what better time to talk about our 2017 rosé? It's a new direction for Squitchy Lane but it's proved to be a successful one, with a gold medal at the 2017 Yarra Valley Wine Show and great reception at our cellar door. Some people express surprise at the very pale colour so I explain that we make this wine just as if we were making Champagne where delicacy and finesse are the keywords. We don't want extraction of colour and tannins so we press whole bunches very lightly and run the juice straight to old barrels for fermentation. It's bottled early and that's about it. The use of cabernet franc and merlot is the secret and that's where the lovely crisp, floral and leafy flavours come from. I'm drinking a lot of this wine at home which is a pretty good sign. Last week, I bought a beautiful local smoked trout and made a salad with it, some boiled and sliced new potatoes, cherry tomatoes, a vinaigrette dressing with a scattering of salad leaves, topped off with some black olives and capers and of course a glass or two of rosé--bliss!

    And the good news is that the 2018 (still fermenting in barrel) looks very similar in flavour and style--and, of course, colour.

  • 2018 Vintage update

    Date Posted: 08 Mar 2018

    Another vintage gives us another chance to marvel at nature's unpredictable ways. Over the early part of summer, we had more rain than we've seen for years, mildew and fungal diseases threatened daily and the humidity was at record levels. Since then, we haven't seen a drop of rain and it's as dry as it was during the drought years a decade ago.

    That's not a complaint--I would not be happy if it was the other way round with the rain arriving now! The dry weather has allowed us to harvest at our own pace which means we can pick the fruit when it is ready, not when rain is threatening.
    As I write, only the cabernet sauvignon remains on the vine. We started harvest on February 20th with sauvignon blanc, followed a few days later by chardonnay and cabernet franc and merlot for our rosé. We left the pinot noir for a few more days to get some extra ripeness, true to the Squitchy Lane style.

    So far, the signs are good. I am particularly pleased with the chardonnay while the pinot noir is notoriously hard to gauge at this time. The sauvignon blanc has been made in quite a different style this year in response to a growing awareness of consumers' desire for un-manipulated wines. While Squitchy Lane wines have always been low-intervention with minimal use of additives (for example, all our wines are vegan-friendly), we decided to go for it and produce a wine with no additions, except for a small amount of sulphur dioxide before bottling. Hopefully, we can bottle without filtration and release the wine before the  end of this year. While it may not be to everybody's taste, it will be different and exciting.

    Soon, when the cabernet is in the winery, we will be looking anxiously at the sky and the weather forecasts for the rain to fall. Just give us a week.

  • Success at the 2017 Yarra Valley Wine Show

    Date Posted: 18 Sep 2017

    Squitchy Lane has success at the Yarra Valley Wine Show in September

    The Yarra Valley Wine Show presentation lunch was held at the RACV Club in Healesville on September 15th.  

    We are delighted to have received recognition for the high standard of wines that we currently produce.   

    Of the 5 wines we entered into the show, we received 3 Gold Medals and 2 Silver.  

    GOLD MEDAL – Squitchy Lane 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

    GOLD MEDAL – Squitchy Lane 2017 Rose Cabernet Franc, Merlot

    GOLD MEDAL – Squitchy Lane 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot

    SILVER MEDAL – Squitchy Lane 2016 The Key Chardonnay

    SILVER MEDAL – Squitchy Lane 2016 Pinot Noir

    Each of these wines will be released later this year. We will be sure to let you know when they are available.

     

  • November is Pinot Month at Squitchy Lane

    Date Posted: 06 Sep 2017

    Each weekend at cellar door, you can taste a flight of Pinots going back to 2010. We will have 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 on tasting for $10 per person.

    And we will have a mystery bottle in a blind-tasting competition. Win a dozen bottles of Pinot Noir if you can guess the identity of the wine more accurately than anyone else.

    Saturday and Sunday 18th/19th November--our famous duck sausage sizzle. A great match with a glass of Pinot Noir.

    And finally, we will present a Pinot Noir Masterclass at our CBD location later in the month (DATE TBA). Tasting wines from all over the world, this is definitely a must-attend event. Places are strictly limited, so book early--email us at info@squitchylane.com.au. Cost is $50 pp.

     

  • November is Pinot Month at Squitchy Lane

    Date Posted: 06 Sep 2017

    Each weekend at cellar door, you can taste a flight of Pinots going back to 2010. We will have 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 on tasting for $10 per person.

    And we will have a mystery bottle in a blind-tasting competition. Win a dozen bottles of Pinot Noir if you can guess the identity of the wine more accurately than anyone else.

    Saturday and Sunday 18th/19th November--our famous duck sausage sizzle. A great match with a glass of Pinot Noir.

    And finally, we will present a Pinot Noir Masterclass at our CBD location later in the month (DATE TBA). Tasting wines from all over the world, this is definitely a must-attend event. Places are strictly limited, so book early--email us at info@squitchylane.com.au. Cost is $50 pp.

     

  • MYSTERY CHARDONNAY WINNER ANNOUNCED

    Date Posted: 03 Apr 2017

    The winner of our mystery Chardonnay tasting at cellar door is:

    NATALIE MORRELINI from WESTERN AUSTRALIA

    Natalie provided the best answer to the (very difficult) question of just where our mystery Chardonnay was from. In fact, the wine on tasting was
    2015 Jacob's Creek Reserve Chardonnay from the Adelaide Hills region.
    Not an easy one to guess but Natalie came closest with her Adelaide Hills/McLaren Vale blend option.
    A case of Squitchy Lane Chardonnay is on its way to our winner.

     

  • SQUITCHY LANE WINE SHOW AWARDS

    Date Posted: 19 Dec 2016

    2017 ROSE CABERNET FRANC, MERLOT
    GOLD MEDAL: 2017 Yarra Valley Wine Show

    2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, CABERNET FRANC, MERLOT
    GOLD MEDAL: 2017 Yarra Valley Wine Show
    BRONZE MEDAL: 2017 Victorian Wine Show

    2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
    TROPHY: 2016 Victorian Wines Show, Best Cabernet Sauvignon
    GOLD MEDAL: 2016 Victorian Wines Show
    GOLD MEDAL: 2017 Yarra Valley Wine Show

    2016 THE KEY CHARDONNAY
    SILVER MEDAL: 2017 Yarra Valley Wine Show
    SILVER MEDAL: 2017 Victorian Wine Show

    2016 PINOT NOIR
    SILVER MEDAL: 2017 Yarra Valley Wine Show

    2015 PINOT NOIR
    SILVER MEDAL: 2016 Yarra Valley Wine Show
    SILVER MEDAL: 2016 Victorian Wines Show

    2013 CHARDONNAY
    SILVER MEDAL: 2016 Victorian Wines Show
    BRONZE MEDAL: 2016 Yarra Valley Wine Show

     

  • MYSTERY WINE COMPETITION WINNER

    Date Posted: 04 Dec 2016

    During Pinot Noir month at cellar door we ran a mystery wine tasting with visitors encouraged to identify a wine poured blind.
    We received many interesting answers ranging from French Grenache to Chilean Pinot Noir. Plenty of people doubted our altruism and assumed we would not use a wine that wasn't from Squitchy Lane.
    As it turned out, the wine was NOT one of ours. It was in fact 2015 Josef Chromy Pinot Noir from Tasmania.
    Four people were correct in naming Tasmania although no-one named the producer. So, we put these four names in a hat and drew out a winner:

    Anne Laracy, from Mona Vale in NSW.

    Six bottles of Squitchy Lane Pinot Noir are on their way to the lucky winner.
    Thanks to all who took part. We will run another competition during winter when we plan a Cabernet Sauvignon month.
     

  • NOVEMBER WAS PINOT NOIR MONTH AT SQUITCHY LANE

    Date Posted: 28 Oct 2016

    We are celebrating the release of our 2015 Pinot Noir with a month of Pinot-related activities at cellar door. Come along and help us celebrate the glory of Pinot Noir.

    Each weekend at cellar door, you can taste a flight of Pinots going back to 2010. We will have 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 on tasting for $10 per person.

    And we will have a mystery bottle in a blind-tasting competition. Win a dozen bottles of Pinot Noir if you can guess the identity of the wine more accurately than anyone else.

    Saturday and Sunday 12th/13th November--our famous duck sausage sizzle. A great match with a glass of Pinot Noir.

    Saturday and Sunday 19th/20th November--Pinot-inspired cheese platters.

    And finally, we will present a Pinot Noir Masterclass at our CBD location on Tuesday 22nd November. Tasting wines from all over the world, this is definitey a must-attend event. Places are strictly limited, so book early--email us at info@squitchylane.com.au. Cost is $50 pp.