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Many people know I don’t go a bunch on Shiraz, or more precisely, I have quite specific needs. Luke Lambert is the Jim Clark of winemakers.
Neon purple, perfume, pepper, boysenberry, blackcurrant, honey biscuits. It’s light to medium-bodied, intense small berried black fruit, plenty of bunch and spice, highlight is ultra-pure mineral water acidity, fine chalky tannin, and a long crisp peppery finish. Wonderful delineation and expression of Shiraz. Often not for everyone, but works for me. And so often you are defined by what you don’t do.

Rated : 96 Points Winefront.com.au


 


 

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It's fair to say Luke Lambert hasn't looked back since 'relocating' his Syrah to the Tibooburra vineyard. This southwest sloping site lies in the south-eastern corner of the Valley, near Gembrook, and might be the coolest microclimate of the Yarra. The site is expertly managed by Greg Kerr, the grower who planted the vineyard in 2001. The soils here are considered very unusual for the Yarra, comprising a seam of black volcanic topsoil over yellow clay with a smattering of granite rock throughout. Furthermore, the quality of the clonal material in Tibooburra supplies Lambert with a deeper, darker and more structured Syrah than we typically see in the Yarra.


This is what drew Lambert to the site and a good chunk of the reason that this Syrah has become a touchstone example of the cool-climate Australian red genre. Put this up against the most famous Aussie cool climate reds and it's clear that something pretty special is going on chez Lambert. The handling was pretty similar to previous vintages, wild ferment, ageing in neutral oak (a ten year old, 4,000-litre). With the long, slow ripening leading to 'ripe' stalks, Lambert lifted the whole bunch level to 80% (the highest yet) and the wine was left unsulphured until just prior to bottling, without fining or filtration.

"This is the Syrah I've been trying to make for 14 years," states Luke. As an opening statement from such a quietly spoken winemaker, it couldn't be any more definitive. "It's still light in it's feet and framed by crisp acids, but with loads of black pepper spice and the full gamut of red cherry through to sweet blackberry fruit." Luke also sights the whole bunches playing the key role in supporting the fruit with a bright, refreshing spine of tannins and dried herb complexity. In short, "...something I've been shooting for since I started making my own wine." Luke Lambert has every right to be so delighted with this wine. It's the greatest example of this wine we have offered, and we believe one of the very finest young Australian Syrah wines we have tasted. It's a blinder so don't miss it.


Many people know I don’t go a bunch on Shiraz, or more precisely, I have quite specific needs. Luke Lambert is the Jim Clark of winemakers.
Neon purple, perfume, pepper, boysenberry, blackcurrant, honey biscuits. It’s light to medium-bodied, intense small berried black fruit, plenty of bunch and spice, highlight is ultra-pure mineral water acidity, fine chalky tannin, and a long crisp peppery finish. Wonderful delineation and expression of Shiraz. Often not for everyone, but works for me. And so often you are defined by what you don’t do.

Rated : 96 Points Winefront.com.au


 

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Price $37.50
Category Nebbiolo

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