Top Value & 95+ Points Mike Bennie
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), basket-pressing, gravity rather than pumping, old oak, and no fining or filtration. Lambert’s belief that “..the best wines have always been made by feel and are always sourced from unique and interesting vineyards that have natural balance and grow grapes full of character…” comes through strongly in the remarkable complexity and placeness of these wines.
“Such an attractive wine, undeniably complex, but also with a gulpability that tugs you back into your glass. Saline, tangy, flinty-mineral acidity is a major player here, but there’s cereal and halva savouriness built around it. The perfume is all steely citrus and flint, grapefruit and green apple, so fresh feeling and appealing. There’s a luxurious length and lingering feel to the wine too. It’s tightly wound but supremely balanced above all. You can take all the fanciness here and lavish in it, but deliciousness is the trump card.” – Top Value & 95+ Points Mike Bennie