We stock a lot of wines from a lot of vineyards, and behind all those wines are passionate winemakers with a story to tell. So we sent five questions to The Lane in Hahndorf, SA, makers of the Block 1A Chardonnay, and they sent back great answers.
1. Why is Hahndorf a great location for The Lane?
We are extremely blessed in terms of proximity in the Adelaide Hills. We are half an hour from the Adelaide CBD which makes us the most accessible wine region to any major capital city in Aus. If you pair that with the fact that SA is the wine capital of Australia then you have a pretty amazing combination!
In wine terms, Hahndorf is situated at an ideal elevation to produce a diverse range of cool climate varietals. It is uniquely positioned, in that it supports the idyllic setting to produce top flight Chardonnay for sparkling wine, whilst also providing the right climatic conditions to grow full fruited Cabernet Sauvignon at the other end of the ripening spectrum. It’s a Vigneron’s paradise.
2. The Lane is a family business – how has that shaped the vineyard and the way people experience it?
It’s a bit of a recurring theme in the wine industry, but family values are deeply ingrained throughout. The shaping of family is best evidenced at The Lane by the passion and integrity of our single vineyard winemaking and the welcoming visitor experience. John and Helen Edwards who started The Lane in 1993, were above all, loving ambassadors of the beautiful Adelaide Hills. This immense pride over sense of place still permeates all parts of the business and is as present as ever under the second generation stewardship of brothers Marty and Ben.
3. What’s special about the Heritage wines?
Our Heritage wines are time-honouring, signature styles that celebrate special members of the family that have helped to shape The Lane Vineyard over the journey. Currently we have three ultra-premiums in this range with a possible fourth being added soon… These wines are a total labour of love and feature the most outstanding parcels of single vineyard fruit in exceptional vintages. They serve as an immortalisation of family values and provide added impetus to celebrate important occasions and milestones.
4. If people are tasting your wines for the first time, which wine should they start with?
We like to do our bit for the re-discovery and renaissance of Chardonnay in this country so it would probably be our Block 1A Chardonnay. It’s a beautiful new wave style that champions the natural acidity of the Adelaide Hills, whilst also showcasing juicy white peach and crunchy green pear and a lovely clean, flinty finish. A gorgeous ‘dip your toe in the water’ Chardonnay for those that may have been afflicted by the heavy weight bruisers of the past.
That or our Block 14 Basket Press Shiraz for those who are yet to discover refined, elegant, cool climate Shiraz.
5. What’s being released in 2017 that wine buffs should look forward to?
We have a swag of 2016 reds that are returning for the bottling line at the moment and have lifted a lot of internal eyebrows at the tasting bench. They are ultra-perfumed and wonderfully vibrant and just generally make you want to dive in the glass. 2016 was somewhat of a freakish vintage and it has us all giddy with excitement to share the fruits of our labour. Our Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Basket Press Shiraz have us particularly excited about the prospects of the 2016 reds from the Adelaide Hills.
Discover more at www.thelane.com.au