Region: Yarra Valley, VIC
First Glance: Structured, mid-weight, detailed, spicy
Sourced from the granite rich Denton vineyard, where the top soil is shallow and forces the vines to dig deep for nutrients and water. The yields here are low, and the fruit is concentrated and packed with flavour and structure.
The whole-bunch component for this wine is always a bit of a moving target—2022 clocks in at 80% with some crushed bunches too. There was no carbonic maceration at all—a technique Lambert has been phasing out for several years now, preferring instead the life cycle development that goes with less carbonic influence. Instead, more crushed berries, shorter macerations and more punch-downs give the Syrah its drive and structure, allowing the wine to better hold its fruit and shape. This release was fermented wild and aged in Lambert’s decade-old, 5,000 litre foudre.