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2017 Luke Lambert Syrah

Yarra Valley, VIC

A hauntingly beautiful Syrah from Yarra Valley legend, Luke Lambert.

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About
The Syrah is the wine I've been trying to make for 14 years.

Luke Lambert

About The Wine

The Luke Lambert Syrah is always made with a deft touch.

Luke's choice of vineyard in the South-West of the Yarra Valley (some of the coolest terrain in the region) offers him the opportunity to make a wine of unique elegance and finesse.

The 2017 release may be Luke's finest winemaking moment to date. From a vintage that he has called "a perfect 10 out of 10.", this release cements him as one of the true winemaking craftsman of his generation.

The 2017 was fermented with 80% whole bunches, the highest level to date due to stalks hitting optimum ripeness in the long, trouble-free vintage.

The wine is beautifully balanced, refined and pure-fruit once again, all the hallmarks of Luke's signature Syrah style.

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 pup in the winery
Luke and his pup in the winery
Yarra Valley, VIC
Reviews

Critic Reviews

96Points
The Wine Front

"Boysenberry, cracked pepper, a certain sweet grassy perfume, brown bread and vanilla. Medium bodied, deft and articulate, flavour and impact without heaviness, ripples of ultra-fine tannin, again that cracked wheat/brown bread thing, and a very fine and long finish. You want Australian ‘Syrah’? You got it." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From The Producer

2017 is the best harvest I've seen in the Valley. It's broken the trend of early/warm Summer and Autumn periods and was wonderfully mild, long and slow. Rain at the right times and no scorching temperatures over Summer followed by a beautifully even, soft sunshine Autumn.

The slow and long finish to the ripening period meant the fruit on the vine had excellent hang time and stayed in perfect condition. All adds up to lots of perfume, freshness and high acidity. In my view it was the perfect vintage, a 10 out of 10.

On the wines, the Syrah is the wine I've been trying to make for 14 years. It's still light and framed by acid but with loads of black pepper spice and the full gamut of red cherry through to sweet blackberry and violet. The stalks were perfectly ripe so whole bunch level was the highest yet at 80%.

Gives the pepper, purple flowers, red and black fruit a spine of dried herb tannin which is what I've been shooting for since I started making my own wine. Very, very happy with this one and drinking nicely already, not heavy on its feet, it's still elegant and equal parts treble and bass.

Blend : Syrah (100%)
ABV : 13.0%
Closure : DIAM Cork
Drink Until : 2030

Luke sampling Nebbiolo from his beautiful foudre
Luke sampling Nebbiolo from his beautiful foudre
Yarra Valley, VIC
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