Monday, 20 May 2013

Luke Lambert Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2011

This is something out of the box. And coming from Luke Lambert, you shouldn't really be surprised.

His first Chardonnay, the fruit comes from the Yarra Valley and is carefully sorted, wild yeast fermented and bottled without fining or filtration.

A wine most certainly with a point of difference, don't expect the usual Chardonnay chat here. My first whiff initially picked up some Polish Hill Riesling type characters before further revealing some soft almond breadiness.

Fresh and light in appearance, it reminded me of early morning sunshine, bright and golden.

Just as I thought I'd be satisfied with what I saw, the fruit delivered a very moreish palate. I'd go out there and even suggest some Hunter Semillon type features on the palate. That breadth and depth very much there. Soft and rounded. Some gentle Chardonnay warmth evident on the finish.

The fruit is certainly not heavy, oak plays little part, yet the palate delivers a funky tune. It's hard to stop sipping, so excuse me for a while...

For $28, well worth it.

Who: Luke Lambert
What: Chardonnay (12.5% alc)
Where: Yarra Valley
When: 2011
How: $28