Luke Lambert Crudo Rose 2017
LAST OF THIS VINTAGE. 95 points. “Outstanding.” Delicious spicy, crunchy and savoury rose from the Yarra.
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“LL is a genius. One of the most gifted winemakers in the country.” Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
It’s been almost a decade since Lambert’s daring, handcrafted and joyously aromatic wines first made their way down from the Yarra Valley and on to the lists and shelves of Melbourne’s finest wine establishments (and a few of Sydney’s).
Lambert is obviously inspired by his experience making wine in Piemonte and Australia yet firmly believes that the personality of a wine will be dictated by its “place”. Lambert’s source vineyards (in poor, rocky and elevated pockets of the Yarra Valley) are therefore managed in order to bring out their unique geographic signature in the final wines.
All Luke Lambert wines are handpicked and of single-vineyard origin. They are wildly perfumed with moderate alcohol, fresh acidities, powdery tannins, and limited oak influence. Luke’s methodology includes wild ferments without the aid of temperature control, hand plunging, long macerations (with plenty of whole-bunch for the Syrahs), basket-pressing, gravity rather than pumping, old oak, and no fining or filtration. Lambert’s belief that “..the best wines have always been made by feel and are always sourced from unique and interesting vineyards that have natural balance and grow grapes full of character…” comes through strongly in the remarkable complexity and placeness of these wines.
Complex, textural, seductive yet vibrant and refreshing, this is pretty much everything you could hope for a bottle rose to deliver. It’s a blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Nebbiolo from Denton vineyard and 15 year old vines, whole bunch pressed with roughly a third of the juice fermented on full solids in old French oak; wild ferment & wild malo and aging on lees. Perhaps a little less funky than previous years – more juicy fruit driven – yet still plenty of ‘solids’ action for fans of the style. Bottled, as usual, without filtration. Paler, with a more coppery hue that last year, this is an outstanding dry Rosé by any measure. Luke himself reckons it’s the best he’s produced yet. Brand new release from a 10/10 vintage!
95 Points, Gary Walsh, Wine Front “Funny thing to say, but when I first tasted this, it reminded me of a blood orange, with a little carrot (earthy) and fresh ginger in the blend: a healthy feel to it, as it were. It’s juicy and fresh, but has restraint, and a fine chalky texture. The acid line is clean and driving, and the finish is particularly long and well-defined, tannin licking playfully. There’s a little campari/orange rind twist in the aftertaste, which is gustatory and encouraging. Outstanding.”
RRP $30 LAST OF THIS VINTAGE *Our Price $23.99*
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Australia, Yarra Valley
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