2017 Luke Lambert Crudo Rosé
|Region||Yarra Valley, VIC|
All Luke Lambert wines are handpicked and of single-vineyard origin. They are wildly perfumed with moderate alcohol, fresh acidities, powdery tannins, and limited oak influence. These are wines made as if the industrial revolution (in wine) was a figment of our collective imagination. Luke’s methodology includes wild ferments without the aid of temperature control, hand plunging, long macerations (with plenty of whole-bunch for the Syrahs), gravity rather than pumping, old oak, and no fining or filtration.
|Wine||"It's a blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Nebbiolo; picked early and whole bunch pressed (for a more savoury expression), the cloudy juice was sent to tank for wild ferment and wild malo before storage in 5,000-litre French oak foudre. Bottled, as usual, without filtration. Paler, with a more coppery hue that last year, this is an outstanding dry Rosé by any measure. Complex, textural, seductive yet vibrant and lip-smackingly delicious--that pretty much sums up this bargain Rosé. Luke himself reckons it's the best he's produced yet. |
"Funny thing to say, but when I first tasted this, it reminded me of a blood orange, with a little carrot (earthy) and fresh ginger in the blend: a healthy feel to it, as it were. It's juicy and fresh, but has restraint, and a fine chalky texture. The acid line is clean and driving, and the finish is particularly long and well-defined, tannin licking playfully. There's a little campari/orange rind twist in the aftertaste, which is gustatory and encouraging. Outstanding." 95 points, Gary Walsh, winefront.com.au
|Awards||Outstanding winery JAMES HALLIDAY 2018 AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION|
|Tasting Note||Blood Orange - Juicy - Ginger|
|Drink||Happy hour starter|