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Luke Lambert Chardonnay 2018

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Invariably interesting style of Chardonnay from LL. It’s a bit Yarra v Jura v Chablis, but for all that, very much its own thing. Without wanting to typecast, this is more a Mike Bennie style of Chardonnay than a Campbell Mattinson one. Subdued fruit, into lemon rind, citrus, green apple, aniseed, with nutty saline character. It’s savoury, a little kombucha or yoghourt sourness, intense acidity, fine chalk dust texture, and a long perfumed/sour-edged finish. It’s engaging and very good, though likely to polarise.
Rated : 94 Points Winefront.com.au

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Again in 2018, Luke has drawn his raw materials from the windy, east-facing slope of the Tibooburra vineyard, a site where the poor volcanic soils (with seams of yellow clay and eroded granite) offer Luke the low yields and intensely flavoured berries that are sine qua non to his minimal intervention style. The winemaking for the '17 follows Luke's typical low-fi approach - whole bunch pressing, wild yeast fermentation, old oak (500-litre French puncheons), no temperature control, zero fining or filtration and minimal sulphur - with occasional lees stirring for six months or so. "The volcanic soils of the Tibooburra Vineyard are most evident here", notes Luke. "Flint, talc, river stone, jasmine and citrus. Slightly pulpy and solids-y from whole bunch pressing and funky juice ferment but with a very clean line of acidity and a lovely drying white wine tannin to frame the wine."

Due to the wine's intensity and freshness, Luke believes his '18 Chardonnay will be slower to come around than usual, yet there's already plenty of fine flesh, which will unfold into more waxy/cut hay flavours, and a more enveloping texture over the next six months. When it hits its sweet spot, this could be one for the history books. For now, it absolutely benefits from a vigorous decant.


"Strong, silent type is Luke Lambert, though get the engine warmed up and he’s a bundle of fun and, importantly, insight into wine and winemaking. These chardonnays typically quite powerful yet fine boned. No disappointment here. Natural fermentation, no filtering and fining are calling cards here. Reminds me of the 2015 release of this wine.


Invariably interesting style of Chardonnay from LL. It’s a bit Yarra v Jura v Chablis, but for all that, very much its own thing. Without wanting to typecast, this is more a Mike Bennie style of Chardonnay than a Campbell Mattinson one.  Subdued fruit, into lemon rind, citrus, green apple, aniseed, with nutty saline character. It’s savoury, a little kombucha or yoghourt sourness, intense acidity, fine chalk dust texture, and a long perfumed/sour-edged finish. It’s engaging and very good, though likely to polarise.
Rated : 94 Points Winefront.com.au

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Price $37.50
Category Nebbiolo

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