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Luke Lambert is one of the modern masters of the Yarra Valley. The Luke Lambert Chardonnay has become one of the most highly sort after releases of the region and here you get the combination of Luke's skilled handiwork and the gorgeous fruit from the Denton View vineyard for just $25! Sheer bargain material. This is made with the typical Lambert flair. 30% was fermented as whole bunches, the rest was whole bunch pressed. Minimalistic winemaking, cracking fruit and cool packaging, this is one heck of a Chardonnay for the price.
What it Tastes Like
Cool, clam and composed Chardonnay here. Long mineral feel, little bit of funk and glossy texture. Some slightly wild edges give it some get up and go. Length is impressive for the price. Pinpoint acidity but generous amounts of white peach and nectarine fruit. Personailty plus. Moreish Chardonnay for all occasions.
93 points "Most often stylish, and a little bit outside of the mainstream. White peach and pear, almond milk, spice and a bit of a wild/funky thing going on. It’s smooth and calm with an almost creamy calcium carbonate texture that’s cut into shape with citrus an a slight (and pleasant) cider vinegar tang. Finish is bright and tangy. Great drinking here, with an extra dimension of interest at the price." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Previous vintages for the Crudo Chardonnay have come from the red volcanic soils of Tibooburra. The 2016 comes off the Denton block, a northwest facing slope of granitic sand over heavy granite boulders. Luke notes the Denton soils and aspect bring a cleaer acid line to this year's wine. The winemaking credo follows last year's blueprint, mostly. This vintage, 30% of the Chardonnay was fermented "Carbo Blanc" (as whole bunches) while the remainder was whole bunch pressed. Wild yeast fermentation, old oak, no temperature control, zero fining or filtration and minimal sulphur, but Luke notes went to large (5000 litre) French oak Foudre for maturation. It bursts in the mouth; charmingly textured, tangy but complex, complementing funky, "solids-y" savoury notes with pithy, mouth watering citrus.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Luke Lambert is one of the young guns of the Yarra Valley. His wines are distinctly ‘old world’ in style, with his philosophy being all about wines reflecting their place and terroir, and of minimal intervention in the winery.
Contrary to many of his Pinot Noir-obsessed contemporaries in the Yarra, Luke focuses on Syrah and Nebbiolo as his flagship red varieties. He uses judicious amounts of whole bunch in his traditionally inspired winemaking, gently drawing out the very essence of the special sites he sources fruit from. There is little doubt Luke will continue to produce some of the region’s most exciting wines over the coming years, he is a future icon of this Victorian region.
The Yarra Valley stands tall as one of the country’s finest cool-climate wine regions. Only a short jaunt from Melbourne, the Yarra has become a tourist hot-spot for its stunning scenery, high quality produce, and of course, as the home to some of the country’s most iconic wine producers. From the extraordinarily elegant Cabernets and Syrahs that populate the ‘Valley floor’, to the precise and complex versions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that hail from the higher climes of the Yarra, this region is diverse and in a state of change. As temperatures rise and phylloxera infiltrates each pocket of the Yarra Valley, the range of alternative varieties from continental Europe is sure to increase to create a more colourful picture of the region. The Yarra embodies so much of what is great about the modern Australian wine scene.
Australian Chardonnay is a seductive variety that comes in all shapes and sizes. From the toasty and voluptuous to the lean, flinty and minerally, there is a Chardonnay out there to suit everyone. Australia’s developing prowess with this variety has been marked by the international community with wine writers such as Jancis Robinson marvelling at the outstanding value to be had right across the country. The prestige brands of Margaret River offer wines of deep flavour and power, often crafting fuller-figured Chardonnay of outstanding quality. The cooler-climate wines from the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and the like are more focused and linear, building complexity around a backbone of pristine acidity. Whatever your preference, there is an Australian Chardonnay to enchant all comers.
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