Luke Lambert Crudo Shiraz 2017
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 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 – Great release this one. It has a sparkling clarity and energy about it, I feel. Aside from that, you may find raspberries and blackberries, cracked pepper, spice, and a distinct sort of warm bricks smell, but don’t mind me. It’s fine and fresh, with graphite tannin, and a cool spiced bramble fruited finish of finesse and solid length. It’s one of those, well, I could be 93 or 94 points, but today, the sun is shining and the weather is sweet. So.
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