Luke Lambert Crudo Rose 2016
Complex, textural, seductive yet vibrant and refreshing, this is pretty much everything you could hope for a bottle rose to deliver. It's a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Denton Nebbiolo, whole bunch pressed with roughly a third of the juice fermented on full solids in old French oak; wild ferment & wild malo and aging on lees. Perhaps a little less funky than previous years - more juicy fruit driven - yet still plenty of 'solids' action for fans of the style. Bottled, as usual, without filtration.
What's new this vintage is the Shiraz fruit, which now comes from a 15 year old Upper Ngumbie vineyard. What's not new is just how damn delicious Luke Lambert's rose really is. The new release is a more delicate wine than the 2015, with more talc, river stone, and strawberry lift. Glug away.