Luke Lambert Chardonnay
Regular price $59.00
Winemaker: Luke Lambert
Appellation: Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Luke sources his Chardonnay from the same vineyard as the Syrah, growing on a very thin top layer of volcanic soil over yellow clay with shattered rocks throughout. The very poor soil, high altitude and exposure to high winds make this an extreme low fertility site. The winemaking includes wild yeast fermentation, oxidative handling, lots of battonage, no temperature control and zero fining or filtration. This results in an understated yet fascinatingly complex wine that expresses savoriness before fruit. It’s a multifaceted wine that calls to mind the Jura as much as the Yarra but has a personality all its own.
The 2018 season was a little warmer than the 2017 so you're seeing a little more flesh as a young wine, although the signature tension and drive in his Chardonnays remains.
Lambert is obviously inspired by his experience making wine in Piemonte and Australia yet firmly believes that "...the shape of a wine should be governed by what soil you’re on, the aspect, the amount of sunshine and rain." In other words, the personality of a wine will be dictated by its “place”. Lambert’s source vineyards (in poor, rocky and elevated pockets of the Yarra Valley) are therefore managed in order to bring out their unique geographic signature in the final wines.
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 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.
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