Luke Lambert Crudo Shiraz 2019

Luke Lambert Crudo Shiraz 2019

Yarra Valley, Victoria   |    750ml   |    13.5%
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 and traditional processes; wild ferments, hand-plunging, basket pressing, gravity rather than pumping and no fining or filtration.

The 2019 Luke Lambert Crudo Yarra Valley Shiraz is designed to be approachable in its youth with no new oak and half the volume matured in 30-year old wood and half in tank. The result is a beautiful medium-weighted, cool-climate Shiraz that is textured and supple, framed by crisp tannins, dried-herb and savoury notes.

"95 Points. Here’s the sort of soundbite that retailers love. The Crudo range, quite possibly, offers the most sophisticated and high quality drinking available at its price point in this country. Or something like that. Violets over blackberry and boysenberry, cracked pepper, grilled meat and spice. It’s silky, but dense and meaty, weight of fruit almost compressed by shale and granite, or something fanciful like that. Rich in tannin, subtle in acidity, no oak influence to speak of, sweetness and perfume of fruit, rolled in dried herb and black olive savouries. Long and slick with rich silty tannin to close. Almost like Shiraz meets Aglianico? Italianate and natty feel. Best Crudo Shiraz to date, no question. Tasted: Dec19 13.5% alc. Price: $28 Closure: Diam Drink: 2020 - 2028"- 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
13.5
Luke Lambert's Crudo Shiraz has always been about youthful charm; a young, vibrant, juicy red, with the Yarra's granitic Denton Hill outcrop helping to tick all those boxes. It's a warmer site than the Tibooburra vineyard, where the Estate Syrah is sourced, and so the wine is naturally juicier and more primary fruit-driven.

The 2019 is an absolutely brilliant rendition of this wine. "We are trying to build more muscle from the whole bunches and crushing the whole bunch berries: i.e., less cab-mac, and more extraction from the skins and stalks." says Luke. There were 80% stems here but it works beautifully, bringing sappy lift and tannins to the juicy, dark cherry fruit. As is the norm, the wine is fermented wild and raised in the shed's 5,000-litre old oak cask before bottling without fining or filtration. From a warmer, drier year there's more fruit power, yet it's fabulously bright and fresh and perfumed. A brilliant value from a gifted winemaker.

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