Luke Lambert Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2011


I’m not in the habit of having a glass of Chardonnay with my breakfast, but that’s what I did this morning.

I wanted to make sure that the wine is “up to scratch” before sending out this email. Two reasons for checking:

First, this wine is from the 2011 vintage, and local lore will tell you that you should run away from any Yarra Valley Chardonnay from 2011. It was a very wet vintage and the Chardonnays were often green, lean and not at all pleasant to drink. More like water with a bit of acid thrown in.

Second, both the raters that I’ve quoted in the promo say the wine should be drunk by 2017, so I wanted to check the condition as well.

I’m happy to say that the condition is fine, and also that the wine has benefitted from time in the bottle. I brought it up to Singapore in March 2014 and for some reason that escapes me, I’ve never done a promotion on it before, nor have I sold any to customers, everything to date going into my own cellar. Its quiet rest in cold storage has been worthwhile.

Mike Bennie comes closing to nailing what it’s like today (even though he wrote it in 2013) although it’s mellowed a bit with time. Definitely not austere, but still lean all the same. If you like your Chardonnays with lots of malo, oak and buttery texture, then this is not a wine for you. This is going to cut through fatty foods that an old-fashioned Chardonnay couldn’t do.


David Boxall



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