Leeuwin Estate is one of the founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district.
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.
- WA - Margaret River
- Western Australia
Craftmanship of the highest order in the vineyard and winery have combined to create a perfect example with this wine. The intensity and power unwind effortlessly, but with multiple aroma and flavour messages from the barrel fermentation and subsequent maturation of the fully ripe, pink grapefruit and peach at its core. Rating 97 - Drink by 2024, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (AUG/2012).
Once again, with a young baby on the scene, I’ve become very familiar with the smell and taste or puréed pear.
Puréed pear, ripe mixed citrus, cashews and cedary cinnamon spice oak – and perhaps a little less of it too this year, or it’s better integrated early on. Full bodied and typical of the ‘power, length and glory’ style Leeuwin vintages – long on intensity and palate weight, though there’s a pleasant flintiness here too, and an almost tannic, crunchy grapefruit and lime finish. Alcohol causes a minor burr on its overall smooth delivery of flavour, though it’s not problematic. A strong performance of the larger scale vintage Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay opera. Rating 93+ - Drink by 2019+, Gary Walsh, winefront.com.au (MAY/2012).
The 2009 Art Series Chardonnay has a wonderfully fragrant nose of honeysuckle, tropical fruits and nectarines over nuances of pink grapefruit and allspice. Full-bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, it is surprisingly harmonious at this youthful stage with a backbone of medium to high acid balancing the ripe, expressive fruit. The finish is long with plenty of tropical fruit layers. Rating 93+ - Drink by 2020, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, erobertparker.com (AUG/2012).
Winery Tasting Notes
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.
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.