The Lane Vineyard Beginning Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills
The Beginning Chardonnay is a part of The Lane Vineyard’s second tier ‘Occasion wines’ sitting just below their ‘Heritage wines’ but considerably lower in price.
The Chardonnay (Dijon clones) is selected from highest quality parcels of fruit – selected based on vine age, purity, depth and spectrum of flavours. The vines are close planted and lowing yielding, giving the Chardonnay its characteristic intensity. After being harvested by hand, Head Winemaker Michael Schreurs ages the wine in fine (new and old) French oak. The result is an intense, complex and structured cool-climate Adelaide Hills Chardonnay of finesse.
ADELAIDE HILLSLocated to the east of Adelaide,the Adelaide Hills is part of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Considered a cool-climate region, most vineyards are situated at elevations between 450 to 550 metres. Rainfall is relatively high and spring frosts often pose problems. Hot northerly winds also make bush fires a real threat in the region. Adelaide Hills is a jigsaw of meso-climates, with the best vineyards centred around Piccadilly Valley and Lenswood in protected sites facing north or north-east. Soils are derived from schistic and sedimentary rock; typically well-drained sandy loams over red clay interspersed with schistic gravels. A premium wine-growing region, Adelaide Hills is best known for crisp, lively Sauvignon Blanc and elegant cool climates styles of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.