94pointsLuke Lambert 2016 Syrah (Yarra Valley)

Editors' Choice

Luke Lambert is one of the Yarra Valley's leading craftsman, and his Syrah seems to get better and better. Made in small quantities with minimal intervention, this chameleon-like wine opens with juicy blueberry fruit, violets, cinnamon, cumin and streaks of minerals. The palate is beautifully textured: silky yet crackling with acidity and spicy, taut, superfocused tannins. There's both power and finesse here, and a purity that is hard to achieve without meticulous farming and winemaking. In short, a sexy wine that can be drunk now or matured until 2029—at least. Christina Pickard

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  • Alcohol
    13.5%
  • Bottle Size
    750 ml
  • Category
    Red
  • Importer
    Vine Street Imports
  • Date Published
    4/1/2020
  • User Avg Rating
    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
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