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Luke Lambert Yarra Valley Nebbiolotext
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Luke Lambert Yarra Valley Nebbiolo 2017

Yarra Valley, Victoria, AustraliaThe glinting orange hints at nebbiolo, though you'd be hard pressed to peg this as Yarra Valley, unless you're really one in the know. Luke Lambert is legend in the Yarra for his low-intervention, cool-climate wines like this. From the granitic and rocky Denton Vineyard, this was native fermented on skins for 20 days before pressing and maturation in 2000L Slavonian and French foudre, where it remained until bottling without fining or filtration. Lambert has tamed nebbiolo's leonine tannins here, getting them to lightly hug the worn cherry, supple leather, rose petals, sweet savoury salami that fills the core, moving into subtle bergamot on the finish. Acidity is nonchalantly en pointe. An iconic Aussie wine, and nebbiolo, for a good reason.Tasted: 18 April 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 70.00 private wine shops Producer: Luke LambertDistributors: Sur Lie
Grape: NebbioloCSPC: 234226