Nestled in the heart of Australia’s famous Beechworth wine growing region of North Eastern Victoria, the family owned and operated Star Lane Winery offers one of the most beautiful and picturesque Cellar Door wine tasting experiences in Australia.
Internationally renowned for it's our outstanding Handcrafted Boutique Red Wines, Star Lane Winery is the proud achievement of Brett and Liz Barnes. Brett is the Vigneron and Liz is the winemaker and together they have combined their extensive knowledge and expertise with a few hard-earned and well-kept secrets to see Star Lane Winery and its Red Wines achieve the very highest levels and reputation for elegance, finesse, and distinction.
Brett and Liz sincerely welcome you to their website, their winery, and their fine wines, and hope that you may enjoy them all as much as they have enjoyed their uncompromised long labour of passion to present them to you.
Now open every second weekend in the month both Saturday and Sunday in conjunction with the Beechworth’s Hidden Wineries and any day by appointment
In keeping with Star Lane Winery’s exacting standards and no compromise approach all fruit is estate grown in soil that is just as carefully chosen for its important contribution as every other aspect of the Star Lane wine making process.
From the earth to the bottle no detail is overlooked.
The Merlot and Shiraz are planted on red loam over mudstone with the winery proudly standing sentinel in the background. The Sangiovese and Nebbiolo are planted in ideal granite soils at Star Lane Winery partners Rex Lucas’ property only a couple of kilometers away.
At 450 metres above sea level the mountain breezes ensure that cool evenings combine with long sun filled days to make for an idyllic growing environment. The cool evenings provide a long slow ripening period allowing the grapes to develop wonderful flavours and the sunny days allow for the fruit to gently mature, ripen, and develop over the full length of the growing season.
A great deal of time, effort, and precision is put into the care of the canopy and management of the vineyards. To ensure that the vine is kept in perfect balance with the fruit, the yield is kept to a maximum of 1.8 tonne per acre, and as a result the low cropping levels create concentrated wines with great depth and character. The nurturing and care of the fruit extends to the loving use of traditional hand pruning and hand picking techniques so that every opportunity is maximised to produce only the very best and most flavoursome fruit.
All wines are made at Star Lane Winery by hand with what can only honestly be described as a true passion, dedication, expertise, and a heart felt love of the entire process. Our proudest moment and greatest satisfaction is to share with you as family, handcrafted wine at its absolute best.
Only the finest fruit can make the finest wine. At harvest all grapes are hand picked in the cool of the morning and great care is taken to make sure that only the very best fruit is placed into the bucket to be used for wine production.
Once the fruit has been picked it is processed immediately and the magic starts to begin. Star Lane employ only Wild Yeast Fermentation techniques allowing the fruit to utilise the natural yeast that is present on the skin of the berries. No additional yeast is added.
The wine takes usually a week or more to go through its primary fermentation process in open top fermenters. It is left on skins for a week or two after primary ferment to facilitate cold maceration. The ferments are hand plunged and pumped over both day and night at carefully managed time intervals and closely monitored to ensure precise temperature control. The fruit is then gently basket pressed to extract the final juice from the berries and skins.
After this, the wine is put into tank to settle overnight and then it is put into barrel to undergo its secondary fermentation process which includes natural malolactic fermentation. Importantly, this process is not hurried and is allowed to take place innately via a long and slow motion through winter, into spring, and then completed by early summer before the heat begins.
The Sirugue and Bossuet oak barrels used are 100% French with 40% to 50% new oak included in the mix of barrels each year. Kept in these barrels for almost 2 years the wines are made to be complex with elegance and finesse and to remain true to varietal character. They are distinct and embody a reflection of the famous Beechworth region in which they are grown.
Every bottle of our wine represents the almost countless hours of expert work and care that has been tendered into making a truly boutique product.
Star Lane Wines are genuinely hand crafted with little chemical or additive intervention occurring during the making. The handcrafted process of making the wine allows the fruit to show its true colours and to shine through as a proud reflection of exactly what it is that Star Lane Wines are all about.
Wine aged in clay, or amphora, has grown in popularity in recent years. But this technique is far from new. In fact, the practice originated in what is now modern-day Georgia, around 6,000 years ago.
Clay pots have long been used in other Old-World regions. For example, in Alentejo, Portugal, it’s believed that amphorae, or talhas as they’re known in the country, have been used for more than 2,000 years. However, Dr. Patrick McGovern, science director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, thinks the practice in Portugal may date back 1,000 years earlier than historians previously believed.
Amphorae have been experiencing a renaissance across the globe and can now be seen in places like the United States and Australia.
Clay can be thought of as a middle ground between steel and oak. Stainless steel allows for an oxygen-free environment and doesn’t impart any flavors into the wine. Oak, on the other hand, allows for ample oxygen to reach the juice, and the wood’s tannins can also affect the aromas and flavors of the wine.
Like oak, clay is porous, so it does allow for some oxygen giving the wine a deep and rich texture, but like steel it’s a neutral material that won’t impart any additional flavors.
Star Lane Winery - Six Elements proprietary Red Gum Barrel Fermented Shiraz
Uniquely aged in an Australian Red Gum Timber Barrel, this luxurious Six Elements Shiraz has been meticulously created to deliver a superb harmonizing of everything that has ever been learned about the hand crafting of fine wine with the critically important balancing of the sheer innovation and expertise necessary to produce such an exceptional offering.
“As necessity is the mother of invention, innovation is the matriarch of tradition”
Aptly dubbed "The Taste of Australia" this is a superb wine that stands to redefine the expectations and appreciation of even the most discerning consumer as to what it is that fine handcrafted boutique wine is all about.