Thursday, 15 November 2012

Luke Lambert Syrah 2010

This is some funky gear coming from winemaker Luke Lambert. He's a thinker and not afraid to veer from the norm. A driven individual who leaves no stone unturned. It is no surprise he is making plenty of people take note of his work.

Luke is noted particularly for his Nebbiolo, and both the current release of his Heathcote 2010 and Reserve 2008 have already sold out.

The fruit for this Syrah comes from the Yarra Valley. Matured in 27 year old oak, 60% whole bunches, it was wild yeast fermented and bottled without fining or filtration.

Plenty of smoke and char aromas interwoven with a rustic edge. There's an earthiness evident yet a softer side with a slight violet fragrance too. Distinct cardamom wafts around as well. Lots going on for sure, and I like it!

The palate is well structured and the density of the black fruit is excellent. A wine which certainly gives you plenty to think about. I loved the complexity it offers. Very tasty indeed and so easy to sip away.  Best of all, you get a distinct sense of a 'bare hands' winemaking approach.

Available at good independent retailers and online. A wine definitely worth getting hold of.

Who: Luke Lambert
What: Syrah (13.5% alc)
Where: Yarra Valley
When: 2010
How: $38

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