885 Mt. Williams Rd, Lancefield, 3435
Cellar Door: By appointment
Ph: 0417 281 950
Lane's End vineyard was originally planted as the Woodend Winery in the mid 1980's at 570 metres above sea level. The vineyard is mainly dedicated to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but a tiny amount of Cabernet Franc is also produced.
Howard Matthews and his family purchased the winery in 2000 and gained wine-making experience at Portree Wine, run by his neighbour, Ken Murchison. Howard started making his own wines in 2003.
The micro climate of the vineyard is very protected and is virtually frost free due to its topography. The terroir is a mix of red Cambrian volcanic soil and grey loamy granitic soils.
The vineyard is essentially non-irrigated as the root structures are now substantial. The reason for this is to limit the yield of the vines and the size of the berries so as to maximize the intensity and complexity of their grapes. A maximum yield of two tonnes per acre in their Chardonnay and one to one & a half in their Pinot Noir goes toward achieving this.
Selected multiple clones of each variety also adds to increased complexity. There are four clones for the Pinot Noir ( MV6, 114, 115 & D5V12 ) and three for the Chardonnay.
There are three types of Tasting notes:
(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)
(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer
(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)
Lane’s End Chardonnay 2013
Purchased: Not ($35)
(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, 50% malo, 100% barrel ferment, perfumed and creamy orange peel, nectarine and a hint of lime, tightly wound, linear with a dusty phenolics and a firm grapefruit acid spine and restrained spcy cashew-vanilla oak (****1/2)
Lane’s End Pinot Noir 2015
(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, MV6, 115 and 114 clones, 25% whole bunch, silky and pure red cherry and dark plum with some forest complexity and herbal notes, earthy and medium bodied with powdery tannins and balanced toasty vanilla oak (****)
Lane's End Chardonnay 2005
Purchased: Not ($28)
(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2008, Gold Medallist at 2006 Cool Climate Show, elegant lighter bodied style showing melon, white peach and fig flavours, barrel ferment and malo inputs, buttery palate has biscuit and creamy hazelnut lees features, spicy oak is in the background with cinnamon and vanilla inputs, a vibrant minerally base, lovely harmony and length (****1/2)
Lane's End Cabernet Franc 2005
Purchased: Not ($23)
(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2008, attractive Loire Valley style, aromatic nose, black cherry, plum with menthol and liquorice notes, earthy and light-medium bodied with black pepper and clove complexity, charry coffee-vanilla oak in balance with the fine savoury tannins (****)
Lane's End Pinot Noir 2005
Purchased: Not ($28)
(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2008, spicy red cherry and dark plum, tangy with cinnamon, black pepper and a touch of flat cola, smooth with fine powdery tannins (***1/2)
Lane's End Unwooded Chardonnay 2004
Purchased: Not ($15)
(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2008, flavoursome melon, white peach and nectarine with creamy hazelnut lees aspects, dry minerally finish is starting to fade now (***)