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2016 Luke Lambert Nebbiolo

Yarra Valley, VIC

One of the country's most eagerly anticipated Nebbiolo releases of the year.

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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.

Luke Lambert

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.

Luke and his beloved Nebbiolo foudres
Luke and his beloved Nebbiolo foudres
Yarra Valley, VIC
Reviews

Critic Reviews

94Points
The Wine Front

"It’s hard to separate this wine from any great nebbiolo’s in the world with its firm, ribbons of tannin, sour cherry acidity, lean, reserved feel and suggestions of earth, tar, char, dried flowers. It’s a beautiful, charismatic drink, structured, complex, lean and intense, with a reserved nature that grows and builds as time and air and space happen around the wine. The tannins are glorious, sticking under gums and yet compact and precise as the wine is sipped on. It’s perfumed as all get out too. A wine celebrating definitive character of the variety, drinkability, reserve and potential – it’s kept off higher praise as it’s length is just shy of full at present. Wonderful wine." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From The Producer

Vineyard: The Nebbiolo block sits half way up Denton’s North Western slope, in the middle of the Yarra Valley, where it catches all the available sunshine hours. The soils here, granitic sand over granite bed rock, provide a very special and unique terroir for the Yarra. It’s this soil, along with the climate and variety, that gifts the wine much of its brightness, fresh red fruit and floral perfume, as well as its fine tannins.

Vintage: A warm dry growing season, the earliest harvest Lambert’s seen in this Nebbiolo block, allowed the harvesting of superb fruit with plenty of colour and power. The beauty of this block is that the Nebbiolo keeps its acidity even in the warm/dry years.

 Winemaking: Fully destemmed, wild yeast fermented and held on skins for 20 days with frequent plunging and foot stomping. No temperature control. Pressed into 2 x 2200 litre oak (1 x Slavonian foudre and 1 x French foudre) and left unsulfured for 18 months, prior to bottling, without fining or filtration.

Blend : Nebbiolo (100%)
ABV : 14.0%
Closure : DIAM Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Denton View Hill, the source of Luke
Denton View Hill, the source of Luke's Nebbiolo
Yarra Valley, VIC
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