Leeuwin Estate `Art Series` Chardonnay 2008 (1 x 1.5L Magnum), WA.

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Overview

Although tasted a good 8 months before release this appears to be one of the most delicate and restrained of all Leeuwin Art Series chardies. Yet, in keeping with this famous block, there is depth and power of extraordinary intensity. The palate is woven into a tight lean thread moving with relentless precision to a very long finish. There's some minerally tightness and a bracing acidity that holds it all together. Destined for greatness. Rating 98 - Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide

Region:
WA - Margaret River
State:
Western Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

“Still pale quartz-green; the finesse of Art Series Chardonnay when it is young is every bit as enjoyable as is the complexity it gains after six or seven years in bottle (under screwcap), its future still assured. We know that bottles from the mid-1980s under cork can blow the brains out, although most are now a shadow of their former selves. What we don't really know is how long the wines such as this live and flourish under screwcap.13.5% alc. Rating 96 To 2040. - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2012 Edition

“A significantly finer, leaner and more focused Art Series Chardonnay that retains much of its primary, youthful character. A slightly reserved bouquet of grapefruit, lime juice, ginger and cinnamon backed by suggestions of minerals, grilled nuts and waxiness steadily reveals more intensity and perfume. Surprisingly smooth and supple, it’s exceptionally long and fine, revealing a remarkable core of concentrated crunchy, freshly sliced fruit that slowly moves down the palate, finishing with brightness, brittleness, zesty acids, true emphasis and first-rate persistence. 96 points Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2012

"Concentrated citrus and stone fruits on the nose, the oak adding cedar and spice complexity. The oak’s more assertive on the palate. Best in a few years. "Rating 94 Nick Stock, WBM, July 2011

"Silky, round and deftly balanced to play its pear, apricot, grapefruit and nutmeg flavours against a refined structure, casting it all into the long, enticing finish, which sails on impressively. Remarkable for its deftness not its obvious power." Rating 93 Drink now through 2020. Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator’s ‘Over $30 Pick of the Day’, July 2011

"This is another fine release from a consistently good line. Rich aromas of cashews and peach with some malty overtones; the palate is nicely balanced with a rich, creamy/malty texture and vibrant stone fruit flavours finished off by gently cleansing acidity. Very drinkable now, but this wine has an excellent cellaring record. " Highly Recommended - Winewise, volume 27 number 2, June 2011

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

The colour is a brilliant straw green.

Aroma

An incredibly complex and lifted bouquet of ripe golden pear skin, peach, savoury toasted ground almonds and white nectarine. This wine is showing multiple layers of fruit and subtle class driven French oak. The result of very low yielding vines matched with subtle winemaking preserves the richness and intensity of fruit.

Palate

The palate displays a full bodied vibrant wine on the entry, with a creaminess and intense purity of fruit. Pear, nectarine and peaches are the main fruit flavours followed by a subtle sweet spice and almonds. The flavours are seamlessly long with a wonderful natural acid finish.

Vintage
2008
Region
WA - Margaret River
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
13.5%

Winery Profile

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Leeuwin Estate, one of the founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district, consistently produces wines that rank with the world's finest.

In 1972, following an extensive search for the area most suitable to produce the best varietal wines in Australia, legendary American winemaker, Robert Mondavi, identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard.

Originally a cattle farm, Leeuwin Estate evolved, under the direction of Denis and Tricia Horgan, with Robert Mondavi acting as consultant and mentor.

A nursery was planted in 1974 and the initial vineyards were deep-ploughed, deep-ripped, emptied of stone, planned, pegged, measured, marked and eventually planted by hand over a five year period from 1975.

Featuring state-of-the art facilities, the winery building was opened in 1978, celebrating with a trial vintage. Leeuwin enjoyed its first commercial vintage in 1979, and was thrust into the international spotlight when Decanter Magazine gave its highest recommendation to the 1980 "Art Series" Chardonnay in an international blind tasting.

Maintaining a team of highly skilled and dedicated winemakers, and now under the direction of two generations of the founding family, Leeuwin now exports to over 30 countries.

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