Luke Lambert Nebbiolo 2010

Luke Lambert continues to produce very good quality wines from the Heathcote region, in small quantities - this wine sees only 168 dozen bottles produced.  The 2010 vintage of the nebbiolo was fermented using wild yeast and held on skins for 62 days before pressing.  Maturation was in old oak barrels, and the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.  At a time when alcohol levels are high, for better or worse, particularly in Heathcote, this wine weighs in at a more modest 13.8%.

Is it as good as the 2006 that I raved about here?  My question is somewhat unfair, because it is certainly more challenging drinking a younger nebbiolo than one with a few years on it.  It did however present with some similarities to the 2006.  This time, the wine expressed its aroma as bright juby fruit, twigs and earth.  The palate was quite open, with pronounced tannins, and somewhere between medium and long length.  One to watch.  87-88 points.

Abv: 13.8%
Price: $38
Tasted: December 2011, April 2012
January 9, 2012


Qwine said…
I've always been a fan of Luke Lambert's wines. Not too many put as much focus on the one variety, nebbiolo, as he does. His Syrah is not too shabby either.
But as you say, time will tell.

Sean Mitchell said…
I'm with you, they always seem both interesting and good. Luke Lambert would have to go close to producing one of Australia's best nebbiolos, a variety that seems to like Heathcote.


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