The 16 is a bigger, firmer, darker wine than the 2015. I guess at this stage the perfume is less obvious, with more bass than treble.
About The Wine
This wine is always the most anticipated release from the remarkably talented and enigmatic Luke Lambert.
And it's no wonder; this is regarded as a benchmark for Australian Nebbiolo. From a single site on unique granite soils in the Yarra Valley, this is quite simply one of the finest examples of this variety you will find anywhere in Aus.
It's made with traditional methodology: wild ferment, extended time on skins (20 days) and maturation in a combination of 2000L foudre and old Slovonian and French oak.
With a glowing 94+ point review from The Wine Front's Mike Bennie and his comments that this is "Australia’s premier nebbiolo, one could reason ably.... It’s hard to separate this wine from any great nebbiolo’s in the world...", this is looking like one of his finest releases to date.
Unfortunately, he only makes this wine in miniscule amounts. Allocations are extremely limited.
About Luke Lambert
Luke Lambert is one of the Yarra Valley's great winemaking talents.
His traditionally inspired winemaking gently draws out the unique voice of the special vineyards he sources fruit from. He focuses on cooler sites in the Yarra, looking for precise, streamlined expressions of Nebbiolo, Syrah and Chardonnay. These wines under his eponymous label are considered by many as benchmark wines in this country.
His Crudo label offers exceptional value for money. The Shiraz, Chardonnay and Rosé are built in a more generous style without compromising quality. They offer a brilliant balance of complexity and drinkability.
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.