Thursday, 2 May 2013

Luke Lambert Syrah 2011

I always look forward to checking out what Luke Lambert has to offer.

Tipped in the decanter, a quick swirl delivered a perfume of fresh raspberries. The next hour saw some oak char and pepper. After my first taste, in some respects  I thought the lid fell off the pepper shaker as there was a fair whack of it. This settled over time however. Some slight clove also entered the fray. Good acid but depth was lacking on the mid palate.

Revealed on day two was a wine more refined and smooth. Soft, it delivered a melted chocolate type texture on the palate. It was calling for the next sip each time. The pepper was still prominent yet settled. All elements fused together much better.

Lambert's wines unleash themselves after many years in the cellar and the last two days of tasting gave an indication of this once more. It wouldn't be a silly idea to grab a few and put them away. I sense this wine may develop into something better than this young wine.

Available online or through selected independent retailers.

Who: Luke Lambert
What: Syrah (13.5% alc)
Where: Yarra Valley
When: 2011
How: $38