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.

  • 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

    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.

  • 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

    Trophy winner for Best Cabernet Sauvignon at the 2016 Victorian Wines Show.
    Very limited availability and our first offer is to wine club and mailing list customers only.

  • 2013 Cabernet Franc

    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. 

  • 2013 Cabernet Merlot

    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.

  • 2014 Chardonnay

    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.

  • 2014 Fumé Blanc

    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.

     

  • 2016 The Key Chardonnay

    Our best Chardonnay to date. 96 points from James Halliday.
    If you like power with elegance, iron fist in velvet glove, this is for you.

  • 2013 Peter’s Block Pinot Noir

    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.

  • 2015 Pinot Noir

    New release (November 2015) and maybe our best Pinot yet...rich, ripe and generous. From a year widely regarded as excellent in the Yarra Valley.

  • 2016 Rosé

    Just in time for summer! Our first rosé is ideal for the warm weather we hope is on its way.
    This style is great for summer barbeques, salads, outdoor picnics and entertaining in general.
    Take advantage of our special pricing on six bottles or more---$22 per bottle.

     

  • 2013 Chardonnay SOLD OUT

    Light straw in colour, holding well

    Citrus, pineapple and toasty oak aromas float from the glass.

    The palate is slightly richer than previous releases, thanks to the low crop and the high quality of the harvest. Still tight and coiled, it really needs another year or two to blossom and reveal its true quality.

    Drink now or cellar for up to eight years

  • 2012 Squitchy Lane Pinot Noir--SOLD OUT

    “Estate-grown clones MV6 and 114 provide bright crimson colour, the wine matured in French oak until bottled Feb '13. Very well-made, without a hair out of place; fragrant red cherry and satsuma plum aromas and flavours run through the immaculately balanced and structured palate. 94/100”

    James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014

    SOLD OUT

     

     

  • 2013 Pinot Noir--SOLD OUT

    Vibrant and deep ruby/garnet. 

    Lifted aromas of berry fruit, spice and a hint of vanilla from the oak maturation.

    The palate is generous and ripe. More description would be superfluous when one word will suffice—DELICIOUS.

    Will develop well with a few years in the cellar.

  • 2014 Pinot Noir SOLD OUT

    Vibrant bright  ruby.
    Lifted aromas of berry fruits and spice. Some intriguing earthy complexity is already apparent.
    The palate is smooth, very spicy and long. Perhaps not as deep as the 2013, it has more lift and spiciness.
    Will develop well with a few years in the cellar but is ideal for current consumption.