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2018
Luke Lambert
Chardonnay
Yarra Valley

2018
Luke Lambert
Chardonnay
Yarra Valley

Luke sources his Chardonnay from the same vineyard as the Syrah, growing on a very thin top layer of volcanic soil over yellow clay with shattered rocks throughout. The very poor soil, high altitude and exposure to high winds make this an extreme low fertility site. The winemaking includes wild yeast fermentation, oxidative handling, lots of battonage, no temperature control and zero fining or filtration. This results in an understated yet fascinatingly complex wine that expresses savoriness before fruit. It’s a multifaceted wine that calls to mind the Jura as much as the Yarra but has a personality all its own.

The 2018 season was a little warmer than the 2017 so you're seeing a little more flesh as a young wine, although the signature tension and drive in his Chardonnays remains.

"Invariably interesting style of Chardonnay from Luke. It’s a bit Yarra v Jura v Chablis, but for all that, very much its own thing. Plenty of volume and character yet it still has a sense of coolness and certainly the saline acid profile lends tension, talc-like minerally texture and a dribbly-to-crisp finish of high refreshment and pleasure – acid delivers a lot of the wine’s character. Scents of green apple, warm steel, citrus blossom, faint flint.Yup. Sensational."
- Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

  • Region: Yarra Valley
  • Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Vineyard: Tibooburra Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 23-years-old
  • Soil Type: Black Volcanic Topsoil over Yellow Clay with a Smattering of Granite throughout
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Oak: 9 months in 30-year-old French puncheons
  • Production: 170 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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