Leeuwin Estate `Art Series` Chardonnay 2009 (12 x 750mL), Margaret River.

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Overview

The “Art Series” represents Leeuwin’s finest wines from each vintage. The winemakers have always selected the optimum fruit, transforming it into Leeuwin’s highest quality and age-worthy wines. They are identified with paintings commissioned from leading contemporary Australian Artists.

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

Expert Reviews

" Leeuwin decided to hold this back a few months and it really has come together beautifully. From the first intake of those heady aromas of grapefruit, cereal and subtle roasted cashew. There's some subtle spice in there as well. The palate is a simply glorious expression of the variety with a deep intensity and power that carries with effortless precision to a very long finish. Another great wine with an underlying tightness that will see it age for many years. Cellar: 10 years." Rating 98 - The West Australian Wine Guide 2013 by Ray Jordan

" Medium to light yellow colour, backward for its age. Slightly biscuity, almost musty oak aromas. Took time to open up. The palate is lean and taut, unevolved and crisply acid. Seems to be still very much in its shell. Later: it began to blossom in the glass: powerful, penetrating, long and lingering. Some tropical fruit aromas as well as floral and grapefruit hints. Delicious flavours, a magnificent wine with a big future. This continues Leeuwin's change in style to a less oaky and much more restrained style than the blockbusters of yesteryear."97 Points - Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com, May 2012

"So complex and so damn good. From the first intake of those heady aromas of grapefruit, cereal and subtle roasted cashew. There’s some subtle spice in there as well. The palate is a simply glorious expression of the variety with a deep intensity and power that carries with effortless precision to a very long finish. Another great wine with an underlying tightness that will see it age for many years."Rating 97 - Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2012

“Pale gold, vivid green hue; a deeply fruited and hedonistically adorned bouquet of grapefruit, nectarine, spices and pain grillee; the palate is deeply weighted and powerful on entry, with finesse taking over and purity of fruit remaining on the finish; a pure, long and precise edition of an Australian classic.”Rating 97 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2013 Edition

“A deftly balanced Chardonnay of tremendous depth without much weight, floating its pear, quince, floral and orange marmalade flavors through to the end. It’s the finish that makes this special, balancing all the elements effortlessly and lingering on and on. Drink now through 2025." Rating 96 - Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, March 2012

“Never a shy wine, the 2009 iteration of Leeuwin’s flagship wine shows expected power and intensity, with a melody of harmonious fruit flavour the calling card. Oak is seamlessly integrated, gently spicy and acid brightens. Huge presence; finely wrought.”Rating 93 - Mike Bennie, WBM, August 2012

Winery Tasting Notes

Aroma

A vibrant and expressive nose, characterised by a classical fruit profile of Nashi pear, lime curd, ripe white peach and quince. Nuances of flint and sweet cinnamon feature in the background. Subtle layers of complexity are conveyed in the form of lifted floral notes of pear blossom and jasmine, combining with savoury toasted sesame and cashew.

Palate

On the palate, a gentle and restrained entry shows great poise. Purity and clarity of fruit is underpinned with lively pear, grapefruit and lime flesh. The mid-palate is textural with slight creaminess and generous with concentrated fruit. The degree of width through to the back palate is balanced with a fine line of natural acidity formulating enviable length.

Medals & Trophies

Best First Class White Wine (QANTAS) - Cellars In The Sky Awards 2014

Vintage
2009
Region
WA - Margaret River
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
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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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