Set 450m high in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia, this boutique winery is the brainchild of well-known Aussie winemaker John Edwards. His long-held dream was to produce Australian wines with true elegance, bringing together the sun-kissed exuberance of Aussie fruit with the refined structure typical of Old World classics. The relatively cool climate (for Australia at least!) means that The Lane vineyards are often 4 degrees cooler and, crucially, night-time temperatures can be even fresher. This gives the vines a chance to rest, promoting the delicate flavours and fine natural acidities in the wines. Management of the estate has recently been taken over by John Edwards’ son Marty, a viticulturist at The Lane since 2001.
Recognising that soils greatly influence wine style, Marty has carried out extensive vineyard mapping to analyse soil types and structures, matching grape varieties to individual plots. Meticulous vineyard husbandry, traditional and modern winemaking techniques, experimentation with yeasts, fine lees and use of old and new French oak all play their part in creating wine quality. There are truly stunning, focused wines from an estate we believe to be one of Australia’s future icons.