Discovering the gems

Discovering the gems

Finding new and exciting products is a job we take very seriously at The Lane Cellars. Of course it is also some of the most fun and also rewarding parts of the job too. We love being able to share these diamonds with you when we find them.

Bande Apart are a new venture, a partnership between two young winemakers. Based in Coonwarra they make tiny quantities of single vineyard wines. This week we received their Gamay, grown just up the road at Whitlands in the King Valley. The Koombahla Vineyard to be precise.

Gamay is a grape variety that is similar to Pinot Noir and is most famously used to make most of the great wines of Beaujolais in France. It has started to become much more common here in Australia, with winemakers identifying vineyards that are best suited to this variety.

Another great find coming from King Valley fruit is the Sentio Aligote. Made by young winemaker Chris Catlow at Beechworth. This week we received the 2021 vintage of this wine. It is fresh, dry and crisp. Nectarine fruits are backed up with some lovely florals and a pleasing waxy texture to finish. Aligote is not a common grape variety, but it is still grown in Burgundy because it is capable of great things if grown in the right spot and handled by talented winemakers.

- Chris