2019 Luke Lambert Syrah
Yarra Valley, Australia
100% Syrah. Uncertified organic. Fruit comes from the coolest section of the Tibooburra vineyard. Native yeasts. He uses 80% whole-bunch fermentation here, a long maceration. Wine is aged 10 months in a large, 30 year-old barrel. Bottle unfined and unfiltered.
Vivid ruby-red. A wild, highly perfumed bouquet evokes red and dark berry preserves, incense, olive paste and candied violet, with a smoky mineral nuance building in the glass. This smells an awful lot like a serious Côte-Rôtie. Sweet, energetic and seamless on the palate, offering sappy black raspberry, cherry-cola and floral pastille flavors given spine by juicy acidity. Powerful yet graceful and lithe in character, finishing with superb clarity and harmonious framing tannins.
94 points & Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast. "From one of the coolest microclimates in the Yarra and grown on unusually volcanic soil to boot, this is a structured yet also deliciously approachable wine from one of the Yarra's most talented small-batch producers. Made with minimal intervention and 80% whole-bunch fermentation, it opens with a heady perfume, like a cherry orchard at harvest time, with cinnamon bark and fistfuls of wild flowers thrown in for good measure. Thing feel more grown up on the palate. Sinewy, spicy tannins slink around crunchy fruit. Drink now with a platter of cured meats or age in bottle for several more years."