Luke Lambert Crudo Shiraz 2016
Luke's metier is to bottle the Crudo Syrah as a young, vibrant and juicy wine for an early spring release, and the granitic Denton soils help him tick all the boxes. As Luke puts it, 'It's a warmer site than the (previous source) Tibooburra vineyard so lends itself to producing the fresher, more primary fruit driven wine that Crudo needs to be.' Lambert also used less whole bunch here (30%) compared with his Syrah, the wine spent a shorter time on skins (15 days) and was bottled earlier, to lock in the wine's punchy, pure fruit.
It's a brighter, riper wine than the 2015 with what Luke describes as a 'clear graphite/granite/smoky lift and more red fruited than previous vintages'. It's a refreshing as can be, crammed with crunchy red fruits, great energy, a nip of food-friendly tannin 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. Simply delicious and a cracking value.
The Wine Front – Raspberry and blackberry, plenty of cracked pepper and spice, and a certain smoky perfume that’s very alluring. It’s medium bodied, cool and refined, yet kind of fleshy and juicy, with this beautiful set of crushed rock tannin. Finish is long too. This is quite a thing for the price. Get into it.
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In a mixed or straight case: $25.64