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 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.