Although perennially lured by great and typically isolated vineyards across Victoria, the heart of Rory Lane’s story is set in the Grampians. For a young(ish) upstart without the resource of a family vineyard, or the means to acquire one, the Grampians presents a rare opportunity to play with genuinely mature vines planted in distinctive bits of soil that each leave their own unique and indelible mark on the wines.
Abandoned by companies that saw the economics of these remote sites plunging too deeply into the red, these forgotten, but not neglected, vineyards tell a story of the great Victorian wines of the past. Rory is picking up the narrative for the future.
Vintage dates were almost identical in 2015 to the previous year, with marginally higher crops, and a slightly milder overall amount of heat, which lead to early and unimpeded ripening. Tannins seemed a little less prevalent and perfume a little prettier and more delicate, with fruit flavours tending to the red rather than black. Similar to last year, the wine is a blend of Hyde Park Vineyard (60%), the cooler, 45 yr old Westgate Vineyard (29%) and the balance from Rice’s Vineyard (11%). As always, wild yeast fermented, with a variety of fermentation sizes and shapes, some with whole bunches, some destemmed. This year’s wine has soft, fine tannins, carbonic maceration strawberries and cream notes, and generous red fruits mixed with subtle, herbal stalk influences. another good vintage, more lifted and soft and approachable early. Unfined, unfiltered, as per usual.
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