Region: Yarra Valley, VIC
Perfect with: Aged porterhouse sirloin steak with thyme and garlic mushrooms
You'll like it if you like: Easy to drink medium bodied Aussie red from cooler climate
Ageing Potential: Drink now - 2028
Why you’ll love it?
Luke Lambert’s 2016 Syrah comes from what might be the coolest microclimate of the Yarra; the south-west sloping, Tibooburra Vineyard in the south-eastern corner of the Valley.
This year was little warmer than usual, so Lambert worked with a larger percentage (70%) whole bunches in 2016 to tauten the wines structure from this sunny and warm season. As always, wild yeast ferment, the wine was left unsulfured until just prior to bottling without fining or filtration.
This is a Syrah for Pinot or mencia lovers. Full of crunchy red berries, raspberry, red cherries, herbally but not green. Medium bodied, elegant and vibrant with high acidity and fine tannins. Not your typical big, bold Aussie Shiraz.
"I'm no expert on Shiraz, in particular, but I reckon this is one of the best, and most interesting in the country. Blackberry, raspberry, boysenberry, spice and perfume, slight whiff of mescal. Medium bodied, distinct 'mineral' feel to both acidity and tannin, layers of spice laced through a spectrum of berries, grilled meat, long bright finish, potpourri fragrance as it goes down the hatch. Vivid and articulate. It doesn't grunt, it sings." 95 points, Gary Walsh, winefront.com.au