These beautiful expressions of the Yarra Valley, crafted in tandem with his partner Rosalind, are considered some of the finest cool-climate wines to be found anywhere in the country.
With the 2021 release, Luke and Rosalind believe it to be their best vintage in the Yarra in five years. Tasting the wines, we absolutely agree. It's a stellar duo - along with the brilliant value Crudo wines, 2021 looks to be some of the Lambert family's best work to date.
"We're really happy with the 2021's... Wines with really nice acidity and freshness but also good fruit weight and richness. You'd say it was a mild and cool year but the wines have lots of depth which is exactly what we shoot for. I think it's the best year in the Yarra since 2017." - Luke Lambert
Both 2021 Lambert Wines hail from the cool Tibooburra vineyard in the southeast corner of the valley - a site that imparts tremendous minerality and structure to these two varieties. In 2020, Luke wasn't happy with the Syrah - as such none was released. In 2021, he's very happy with the quality, albeit a much smaller crop than usual. It's fine, spicy, slender and beautifully perfumed - a beguiling example of the variety that shows Australian Syrah can display a level of finesse that rivals the best from anywhere on the planet.
The Chardonnay is exceptionally pure. A flinty, tightly-coiled wine that has palpable energy about it. It's a deftly-crafted modern Chardonnay, built to highlight the beautiful texture and complex layers of cool, spicy fruit for which Tibooburra has become renowned.
We only get one swing at these wines a year and this year's swing was considerably smaller than in previous years. In the context of Australian fine wine, we think there is no better value in the country. We are offering both the Syrah and the Chardonnay at a special introductory price for a limited time and we expect them to sell out in short order. Secure your stocks of these modern-day classics while you can.
"Luke Lambert makes gorgeous, minerally chardonnays and perfumed, savoury syrahs under the Luke Lambert label. The wines are fresh and energetic… They are the sorts of wines I love to drink — pure and unpretentious but with character and depth.” - Eric Asimov (The New York Times)