2018 Luke Lambert Crudo Shiraz
|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||Utilising 60% whole bunches, the wine is wild ferment, wild malo and matured in a combination of old oak and tank. As always it's bottled without fining or filtration, with just a smidge of sulphur at bottling. Luke describes the 2017 Crudo as "clear graphite/granite/smoky lift and more red fruited than previous vintages." It's a red wine that's as refreshing as refreshing can be, crammed with crunchy red fruits, a nip of food-friendly tannin, great energy and impressive persistence. There is also plenty of pepper and spice in the background too that will kick in once the wine has had a few more months in bottle.|
|Awards||Outstanding winery JAMES HALLIDAY 2018 AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION|
|Tasting Note||Bright - Berries - Spicy|