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2017 Luke Lambert Nebbiolo

2017 Luke Lambert Nebbiolo

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13.5%
Cellar to 2030
Cork
Yarra Valley
2017
750ml
13.5%
Cellar to 2030
Cork
Yarra Valley
2017
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • Another brilliant example of Luke Lambert's Nebbiolo, taken from the far upper reaches of the Yarra Valley at the Denton View vineyard.

    This latest release comes from a cooler, continental vintage that Luke described as:

    'The best vintage I've seen in the Yarra Valley. It's broken the trend of early/warm harvests and was wonderfully mild, long and slow. In my view, it was the perfect growing season, a 10 out of 10.'

    This is one of the most exciting cult wines of Australia, and you know what, it isn't Cabernet, Shiraz or Pinot.

    A true collector's item, and a mighty good drink, secure a bottle or two now.





  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • Yarra Valley Nebbiolo, fermented using wild yeast and held on skins for 20 days before pressing and maturation in large, 2000L Slavonian and French oak foudre.  Bottled without fining or filtration.  Decant before serving.  Alc 13.5%

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • In the liner notes to A Tribute to Jack Johnson, Miles Davis refers to guitarist John McLaughlin's playing as "far in." Those familiar with this record will know what Davis was alluding to; McLaughlin's playing was so natural that it had become indistinguishable from the music he was playing. If you know Luke Lambert and his wines then you will recognise this analogy. Refusing to slavishly follow the conventions and rituals of by-the-book winemaking, Luke Lambert crafts the kind of wine that we feel certain his vineyards would want him to make; deep, wholesome and "far in". It's been almost a decade since Lambert's daring, handcrafted and joyously aromatic wines first made their way down from the Valley and on to the lists and shelves of Melbourne's finest wine establishments (and a few of Sydney’s). Since that time we have notched up our fair share of Luke's artisanal fare - plenty of that perfumed, floral and ferrous Syrah as well as that mind blowing Nebbiolo of his (which is now reaching extraordinary heights). All the while we have admired the remarkable quality and character of these wines. So when the opportunity came recently to have Luke join our books, we did not hesitate. Lambert is obviously inspired by his experience making wine in Piemonte and Australia yet firmly believes that "...the shape of a wine should be governed by what soil you’re on, the aspect, the amount of sunshine and rain." In other words, 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. These are wines made as if the industrial revolution (in wine) was a figment of our collective imagination. 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. There is no doubt that when it comes to what John Livingston-Learmonth terms STGT (Soil To Glass Transfer), Luke Lambert is one of our most exciting home-grown talents.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 95 POINTS

    GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT


    Earnest Luke Lambert. A gifted and quietly confident winemaker, yet so humble and unassuming. Probably his own harshest critic, I’d guess. Sweet cherry, redcurrant, a subtle earthy autumnal thing happening, musk and rose, suede leather and spice. It’s medium-bodied, earthy and perfumed, beautiful density of fine grained tannin, cool acidity, and a very long finish of rosy red fruits, and again that quiet umami mushroom earthiness trailing. This is right up there for quality. A magnificent expression of Nebbiolo. For Luke, I feel it’s the strongest release since the 2012.