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Luke Lambert Nebbiolo 2016

Winery: Luke Lambert
Region: Yarra Valley
Wine: Nebbiolo
Variety: Nebbiolo
Vintage: 2016
UOM: 750ml

Australia’s premier nebbiolo, one could reason ably. When GW and I visited Luke Lambert last he put on some of the best snacks too – farmhouse cheese, rustic sausage, outstanding bread, though he didn’t offer us a beer which is usually minus two points for any winery visit. I rate Luke Lambert’s winery 96 points by virtue of that. It has some great old pictures hanging in it too, including one of Kathleen Quealy from time past, mucking around doing something winey there. The large format oak that this wine hangs out in is a visual feast too.

It’s hard to separate this wine from any great nebbiolo’s in the world with its firm, ribbons of tannin, sour cherry acidity, lean, reserved feel and suggestions of earth, tar, char, dried flowers. It’s a beautiful, charismatic drink, structured, complex, lean and intense, with a reserved nature that grows and builds as time and air and space happen around the wine. The tannins are glorious, sticking under gums and yet compact and precise as the wine is sipped on. It’s perfumed as all get out too. A wine celebrating definitive character of the variety, drinkability, reserve and potential – it’s kept off higher praise as it’s length is just shy of full at present. Wonderful wine. Drink 2018-2030+

94+ Points - Mike Bennie, The WIne Front.

Price $65.00

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