C.H. Lane `the stache` Chardonnay 2011 (12 x 750mL), Adelaide Hills, SA.

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For those who prefer their Chardonnay with gutsy fruit and oak intensity, this is a grand reminder of the big buttery style of Chardonnay we grew up with, lots of flavour, toasty oak and rich fruit complexity with a creamy full bodied palate.

SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
South Australia

Winery Tasting Notes


The appearance is bright yellow with brilliant clarity.


This is reminiscent of classic Chardonnay, big peaches and cream fruit, lovely vanillin oak and cashew nuts with shortbread biscuits dripping in honey.


The palate is buttery and full-bodied with silky oak tannins. It has smooth velvety texture and round, “sweet” middle palate. On the entry it explodes with ripe stone fruits, melons and vanilla cream, then opens up to reveal hazelnuts and smoky charred oak. The finish is long and dry and lasts well after the last drop. It’s the way we remember Chardonnay.

Food Matching

Some might argue that a wine like this is a meal in itself. Enjoy it lightly chilled and savour some of the complexity derived from extended barrel maturation. Alternatively as the French would do, grab some crusty bread, Pate de Foie Gras, smoked ham and a selection of cheeses for the perfect picnic lunch.

Cellaring Potential

This style of Chardonnay has proven to age for many years, growing in complexity and texture. Over the next 2 – 3 years it will offer the perfect balance of fresh fruit character with the complexity of barrel and bottle age.

SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
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Winery Profile

Born in Adelaide in 1959, Christopher Hugh Lane (CH to his mates) has dedicated much of his life to wine. Whilst little is known about the man, his trouble with fast cars, motorcycles, even faster women and a perpetual “need for speed” has overshadowed much his winemaking career.

I first met the reclusive CH in my early wine industry days and he’s been a mentor ever since. He’s always been strangely limelight reluctant (which may have something to do with a witness protection program - I’ve never asked), however, after years of hiding behind the scenes I’ve finally convinced him to release his own label. Much like the man himself, it’s minimalist and straight to the point … just the facts!

After an early career as a “rock doctor” CH turned up in the Barossa Valley in 1981 sporting his distinctive handlebar moustache. He became affectionately known as “the ‘stache” it’s a nickname that’s lasted ever since.

Over the last 30 years he’s been behind some well known names and worked alongside many winemaking legends while riding the corporate train. Today however, he’s dispensed with the bullshit and his vision is simply to make honest, straight forward wines to share with like minded enthusiasts. “the ‘stache” are solid, authentic wines that speak for themselves.

Although he’s a little more reserved these days, the ‘need-for-speed’ is still alive and well, so when he’s not poking around the winery he’s always looking for an excuse to get the leathers out and head to the track for a quick blast or to tinker around with one of the restoration projects he’s got on the go.

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