Luke Lambert Chardonnay

Luke Lambert Crudo Chardonnay 2017

Yarra Valley, Victoria   |    750ml   |    12.5%

94 Points | "Pretty hard to stop drinking" - Gary Walsh

Luke Lambert is widely recognised as one of Australia's most talented young winemakers. A passionate winemaker with a strong European influence, Lambert is a strong advocate of natural processes in winemaking. This 2017 Luke Lambert Crudo is a complex, flavoursome Yarra Chardonnay with all the character and funkiness we've come to expect from Luke Lambert.

"94 Points. There’s going to be some very good white wines coming out of the Yarra Valley from vintage 2017, I think. Subdued wine, and while it has flavour, it’s as much about texture as anything else. A little smokiness, lemon and peel, maybe white peach and almond, but quite winey rather than fruity. Fresh and crunchy acidity, green apple and lemon barley, a fine chalk dust texture and some milk powder stuff in there too. Finish has a particularly good amount of energy, and a gustatory crunch of pithy bitterness. Pretty hard to stop drinking. Tasted: Oct17 Alcohol: 12.5% Price: $27 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2017 - 2025" - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.

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Luke Lambert is widely recognised as one of Australia's most talented young winemakers. A passionate winemaker with a strong European influence, Lambert is a strong advocate of natural processes in winemaking; these include wild ferments, hand plunging, long maceration, basket pressing, gravity rather than pumping and no fining or filtration.
6
Victoria
Yarra Valley
750
12.5
"Previous vintages for the Crudo Chardonnay have come from the red volcanic soils of Tibooburra. The 2016 comes off the Denton block, a northwest facing slope of granitic sand over heavy granite boulders. Luke notes the Denton soils and aspect bring a clearer acid line to this year's wine. The winemaking credo follows last year's blueprint, mostly. This vintage, 30% of the Chardonnay was fermented "Carbo Blanc" (as whole bunches) while the remainder was whole bunch pressed. Wild yeast fermentation, old oak, no temperature control, zero fining or filtration and minimal sulphur, but Luke notes went to large (5000 litre) French oak Foudre for maturation. It bursts in the mouth; charmingly textured, tangy but complex, complementing funky, "solids-y" savoury notes with pithy, mouth watering citrus."

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