2012 Luke Lambert Syrah Yarra Valley
"Cellar Tracker median score 91 points across 8 notes (May 2017).
The quality of the clonal material in Tibooburra supplies Lambert with deeper and darker Syrah fruit that also has more depth and structure. This is what drew him to the site. As usual this is fermented without yeast additions and raised in Lambert's 30-year-old, large-format oak before bottling without fining or filtration. The whole-bunch quota this year was 40 per cent and the only sulphur addition was added pre-bottling. Whilst still a wine of great restraint and finesse, it is more muscular than previous releases of this wine and there isn't an ounce of fat, the aromatic palate douses every crevice of the mouth with its perfumed Syrah fruit. The finish has a subtle, bouquet garrigue note and a lacy, minerally structure, which promises much for the future.
The 2012 is 40% whole cluster and from one of the latest ripening sites in the Yarra Valley and still only comes in at 13% alcohol. There is plenty of ripe fruit but not sweet flavors. This is Southern Hemisphere Hermitage and Luke is unquestionably one of the true pioneers of the ‘new’ Australia. He has been making wines in a ‘restrained’ (terroir-driven) style for more than ten years and yet he still seems like the new kid on the block." -Importer