Leeuwin Estate `Prelude` Chardonnay 2011 (12 x 750mL), Margaret River, WA.

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Overview

A complex and layered palate featuring a delicate lemon, pear and lime fruit spectrum at the forefront. Tight and focussed, woven together by a pristine natural acid line.

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

Expert Reviews

“Paul Atwood has crafted an amazing, well-priced chardon-nay that changes dramatically with time in the glass. At first, it ap-peared more fruit-driven, with intense grapefruit and cashew nutty flavours, but, with time, it appeared more worked, showing lees and barrel ferment characters, and a hint of lemon curd, all bound up by a tight palate that carries the cedary oak. It will benefit from cellaring.”94 points - Scoop Summer 2012/2013

“The warmth of '11 in Margaret River has given birth to a Prelude of considerable volume and strength. Concentrated lemon, grapefruit and white peach draw out long and tight on a finish of fine-ly structured acidity. In spite of its proportions, it finds an impressive harmony in its fruit presence and acid poise.” Rating 92 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2014 Edition

“Pretty sexy second label from Leeuwin. It’s well-structured with excellent fruit depth supported by some quality oak. Creamy stone fruit with a nutty nuance adding a little interest on the palate. The acid is fine and the palate carries easily to long satisfying finish. Full flavoured and persistent.”91 points - Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2013

“ Fresh and lively, with vibrant acidity to balance the ripe pear and floral flavors hinting at clotted cream as the finish lingers.”

91 points- Wine Spectator, August 2013

“ Light yellow. Nectarine, honey and white flowers on the pungent nose. Broad and fleshy but dry, with focused orchard and pit fruit flavors and complicating notes of anise and mace. Packs a solid punch but shows very good structure, finishing spicy and long, with a lingering note of dried fig. Nicely balanced, with no excess fat.”90 points - Josh Raynolds, The International Wine Cellar, July/August 2013

Winery Tasting Notes

Aroma/Palate

A complex and layered palate and features a delicate lemon, pear and lime fruit spec-trum at the forefront. Tight and focussed woven together by a pristine natural acid line.

Mealy notes, gunflint and subtleties of nougat, fragrant jasmine and sweet spice provide breadth to an elegant nose. Delicately textured with vibrant grapefruit and freshly cut lime, width and complexity enhanced by fluffy nougat notes.

A classical wine from an outstanding vintage.

Vintage
2011
Region
WA - Margaret River
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
14%

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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