2010 Luke Lambert Syrah Yarra Valley (Previously $65)
A wine that balances the new-wave Australian tendency for lots of spiky stemminess on one hand, with graceful fruit and highly complex aromas from ambient yeast, far beyond the madding crowd. A wine of sheer class. 13.5% alcohol, yet powerful with compelling intensity of flavor and length. Will age gracefully to boot although can be approached now.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Luke Lambert’s 2010 Syrah was fermented using wild yeast with 60% whole bunches included and matured in 27 year old, large format oak barrels before bottling without fining or filtration. It offers a complex nose of ripe black berries, red plums and blueberries over hints of dried Mediterranean herbs, black pepper, black truffles, salami, star anise and damp loam. Medium-bodied and well-poised on the palate, it has a great intensity of vibrant, layered flavors supported by crisp acid and a medium to firm level of finely grained tannins, finishing long. Approachable now, it should have good cellaring potential and drink to 2021+. This is a wonderfully stylish and contemporary cooler-climate Aussie Syrah well worth seeking-out! 576 dozen bottles were produced.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(13.5% alcohol): Opaque ruby. Smoky, mineral-driven aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola, cured meat and violets, plus a strong spicecake overtone. Intense red berry flavors are lifted by tangy minerality and pick up a floral pastille character with aeration. Impressively energetic and focused, finishing with sexy notes of candied violet and smoky spices and superb length.
This wine reflects Yarra Valley’s relatively cool climate in its gently herbal and spicy demeanor. Anise and pepper accent the blueberry fruit in this medium-bodied offering that was 60% whole-bunch fermented, all by indigenous yeasts. There’s a bit of creaminess to the texture, but little in the way of overt oak notes, and a long, silky finish. It’s a wine to shatter old stereotypes about Aussie Shiraz.
Distinctly herbal, with a thyme and sage cast to the blueberry and white pepper flavors, finishing with refinement. Drink now through 2015. 500 cases made. (Web-2012)