Hey guys, today we are back to Adelaide tasting a little Shiraz from Lambert Estate “The Family Tree” Barossa Valley. Lambert Estate wines (previously Stanley Lambert Wines) are very hard to come by produced in small volumes and usually exported overseas. This bottle happens to be 1 of 5,888! The Family three Shiraz is a big rich style wine selecting fruit at optimum ripeness and matured in American oak Hogshead for 12 to 15 months.

2008 The Family Tree Shiraz, Lambert Estate

2008 The Family Tree Shiraz, Lambert Estate
Individual Vineyard, Barossa

This guy comes in at 15.5% ALC and will set you back around $80. As usual, aerated into a decanter with around 30min-1h sitting time. Nose, quite seductive. Lovely coca, chocolate cherries, small bunch of roses, large bitter green leaves, eucalyptus and lemon cheesecake.

Attack is powdery, quite rich in fruit flavors wrapped in a tee tree oil scent. There is still some stemyness to the wine but blends into silky vanilla and a little bit of cinnamon and spicy paprika which kind of numbs your tongue. Powdery tannins follow through to the mid and finishes a little like a cough lolly; menthol and barley sugar.

Started off big, lush and bold like Barossa does, time showed off it’s spices whist maintaining its rich full body. Balanced? Complex? not sure, I’m leaning on no. Bursting with flavor? It sure is, but not my cup of tea.

Verdict? If you like this style, cellar for 3-4 years just to let the richness soften a bit but for me it’s a pass.

Catch you next time