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2018
Luke Lambert
Syrah
Yarra Valley

2018
Luke Lambert
Syrah
Yarra Valley

It’s fair to say Luke Lambert hasn’t looked back since ‘relocating’ his Syrah to the Tibooburra vineyard. This southwest sloping site lies in the south-eastern corner of the Valley, near Gembrook, and might be the coolest microclimate of the Yarra. The site is expertly managed by Greg Kerr, the grower who planted the vineyard in 2001. The soils here are considered very unusual for the Yarra, comprising a seam of black volcanic topsoil over yellow clay with a bit of granite intermixed. Furthermore, the quality of the clonal material in Tibooburra supplies Lambert with a deeper, darker and more structured Syrah than we typically see in the Yarra. This is what drew Lambert to the site and a good chunk of the reason that this Syrah has become a touchstone example of the cool-climate Australian red genre.

The handling was pretty similar to previous vintages, wild ferment—taking in 80% wholes bunches—aging in neutral oak (a ten year old, 50hL). The wine was left unsulfured until just prior to bottling, without fining or filtration. Lambert describes his 2018 as, “A warmer, dryer year with more fruit power” adding that “because of the elevation of the Tibooburra vineyard and the aspect (Chardonnay facing East, Syrah facing South) the wines hold their acid structure and elegance and sail through the hotter years.”

Neon purple, perfume, pepper, boysenberry, blackcurrant, honey biscuits. It’s light to medium-bodied, intense small berried black fruit, plenty of bunch and spice, highlight is ultra-pure mineral water acidity, fine chalky tannin, and a long crisp peppery finish. Wonderful delineation and expression of Syrah.

  • Region: Yarra Valley
  • Varietal: 100% Syrah
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Vineyard: Tibooburra Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 17-years-old
  • Soil Type: Black Volcanic Topsoil over Yellow Clay with a Smattering of Granite throughout
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Oak: 11 months in a single 10-year-old 50hL French foudre
  • Production: 550 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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