2021 Luke Lambert Crudo Chardonnay

Yarra Valley, Victoria

As per all the 2021 Crudo releases, the Chardonnay comes off the Denton block, a northwest-facing outcrop of granitic sand over heavy granite boulders. As usual, this was whole-bunch pressed, wild-yeast fermented with no temperature control, saw full malo and old oak (2,000-litre French oak foudre), then zero fining or filtration and only minimal sulphur at bottling. A fairly cool site coupled with a cool vintage has delivered a Chardonnay that delivers stunning citrus and talc. It's tangy and vibrant with a long piercing finish. Simply superb for the price point! Pair with pan fried calamari or freshly shucked Pacific Oysters.


  • Style & Food Matching

    As per all the 2021 Crudo releases, the Chardonnay comes off the Denton block, a northwest-facing outcrop of granitic sand over heavy granite boulders. As usual, this was whole-bunch pressed, wild-yeast fermented with no temperature control, saw full malo and old oak (2,000-litre French oak foudre), then zero fining or filtration and only minimal sulphur at bottling. A fairly cool site coupled with a cool vintage has delivered a Chardonnay that delivers stunning citrus and talc. It's tangy and vibrant with a long piercing finish. Simply superb for the price point! Pair with pan fried calamari or freshly shucked Pacific Oysters.

    Tech Notes

    Varietal / Blend: Chardonnay

    Decant: Not necessary

    Closure: Cork

    Farming Practices: Sustainable


  • Yarra Valley, Victoria

    All Luke Lambert's wines are handpicked and of single-vineyard origin. They are wildly perfumed with moderate alcohol, fresh acidities, powdery tannins, and limited oak influence. These are wines made as if the industrial revolution (in wine) was a figment of our collective imagination. Luke’s methodology includes wild ferments without the aid of temperature control, hand plunging, long macerations (with plenty of whole-bunch for the Syrahs), basket-pressing, gravity rather than pumping, old oak, and no fining or filtration. Lambert’s belief that "..the best wines have always been made by feel and are always sourced from unique and interesting vineyards that have natural balance and grow grapes full of character..." comes through strongly in the remarkable complexity and placeness of these wines.

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