Lambert 'Crudo' Rose 2023


2023 was quite a year for Luke Lambert and Rosalind Hall. Both quit their day jobs—Luke as a consultant winemaker in the Yarra Valley and Rosalind as a music teacher in Melbourne—to focus exclusively on their Glenburn farm (Sparkletown) and Lambert Wines.

Key to the singular nature of wines from this site is the granitic, sandy soil over hulking granite boulders, a terroir formed 370 million years ago from an active volcano that left behind a granite plug. It’s a vineyard that Luke believes is now sporting some of the healthiest soils in the valley, thanks also to the comprehensive viticultural program enacted by Julian Parrot: under-vine cultivation; the elimination of herbicides; organic management; and almost exclusively dry-farming.

“The improvements are farming driven; the wines are better because the soil is better,” explains Luke, “All you have to do is look at the volume of worms present to realise how much life and energy there is in this soil”. In particular, the fruit for the estate wines comes from the top of the slopes where the topsoils are much bonier, resulting in smaller vines and hence, lower yields (the vines on the lower slopes go towards the Crudo range).

Like last year’s release, this is 100% Shiraz sourced from 15-year-old vines on a granite-rich northeast-facing slope in the Denton vineyard. The fruit was whole-bunch pressed and wild fermented in tank. The wine matured in a 4000-litre French oak foudre before being bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulphur.

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