2016
Luke Lambert
Nebbiolo
Yarra Valley

2016
Luke Lambert
Nebbiolo
Yarra Valley

The newly released 2016 Luke Lambert Nebbiolo is another brilliant example of Yarra Valley Nebbiolo. The block within Denton Vineyard sits halfway up the NW slope, catching all available sunshine hours.

The 2016 vintage was warm and dry, and the earliest harvest Luke has ever had with this block of fruit. The beauty of this block, and the variety, is it's acid retention even in the warm, dry years. The granite sand over granite boulders along with a long, slow growing season provide a very special and unique terroir.

The fruit is destemmed and fermented using wild yeast and held on skins for 20 days before pressing and maturation in large format (2000 litre) French and Slovonian oak barrels. Bottled without fining or filtration, the 2016 Luke Lambert Nebbiolo offers a darker fruit personality than the 2015 vintage, as well as greater palate weight and more fruit richness. Freshness is not a problem, however, as there is good acidity and as the vineyard settles down, Lambert is producing wines with more tannin with each passing season. In Luke’s words, “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.”

  • Region: Yarra Valley
  • Varietal: 100% Nebbiolo
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Vineyard: Denton Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 9 years old
  • Soil Type: Granite Sand over Granite Rock
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Skin Contact: 20 days
  • Oak: 18 months in Slovenian & French Oak
  • Production: 200 cases
Winery & Regional Information
YARRA VALLEY

A picture book region of terroir producing great wines, the Yarra Valley is a landscape of boundless beauty. This rustic wine region is situated an hour drive from the busy Melbourne Central Business District. It is also boasting with numerous rows of grapevines which are attractively planted on the massive tracts of its agricultural lands covering huge areas of hills... Learn More »

LUKE LAMBERT

YARRA VALLEY

In the liner notes to A Tribute to Jack Johnson, Miles Davis refers to guitarist John McLaughlin's playing as "far in." Those familiar with this record will know what Davis was alluding to; McLaughlin's playing was so natural that it had become indistinguishable from the music he was playing. If you know Luke Lambert and his wines then you will recognize this analogy. Refusing to slavishly follow the conventions and rituals of by-the-book winemaking, Luke Lambert crafts the kind of wine that his vineyards would want him to make; deep, wholesome and "far in".   Learn More »

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