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  • Country ranking ?

    175
  • Producer ranking ?

    8
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

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The Story

Leeuwin Estate – purchased by Trish and Denis Horgan - lies just south of the Margaret River township. The Art Series’ Block 20 vineyard lies on deeply weathered and laterised soils with rocky outcrops of gneiss and ironstone gravels. Pristine chardonnay fruit characters are preserved throughout vinification. The wine is 100% barrel fermented in selected new French oak and matured in the same barrel for approximately 12 months. These are rare long-lived fine-boned chardonnays with superb fruit definition and clarity; they show a balance between exuberant fruit and savoury complexity. The palate is creamy yet a fine bead of acid cuts a swathe across the palate giving life and incredible length. It develops beautifully with grapefruit/melon aromas and complex lanolin nuances.

Top Vintages 2010, 2005, 2003,2001, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1987

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Wine Information

A concentrated and vibrant aroma, highlighted by lime curd, juicy pears and lemon flesh in the foreground. Beneath lies subtle complexities of cinnamon quill, black cardamom, amongst toasted hazelnuts and pecans. An open, textural and layered entry continues to a youthful and fine palate with laced acidity and a seamless finish. Cut limes, pears and white peach dominate the palate, woven with savoury almonds, sweet spice and seamless elegant length.

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Vintage 2012

Lower-than-average yields in Australia, as across much of Europe. This was blamed on high winds, drought and low fruitfulness resulting from the poor 2011 vintage. Quality, however, was much better than in the exceptionally damp 2011, with South Australia avoiding some of the weather extremes experienced by other states. Strong varietal typicality is a commonly cited feature of the 2012 crop.

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Barrel ferment, citrus fresh, spicy oak; clean and pure, lemon barley.Mealy, smoked almond, smokey; lime, honeyed, pear drops and textural nuances. Fruit here is exemplary. Length is perpetual. Bravo. 93+

  • 93p
2012 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay Margaret River – Tasted March 2015 Softer, rounder and not without the rumblings of power thundering along in the background. Plenty of secondary characters here, more in line with the 2010. Pink grapefuit, and pulpy… More tertiary and rounded than the following 2013. 94 points
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Origin

Adelaide, Margaret River

Inside Information

The "Art Series" represents Leeuwin's most opulent and age-worthy wines and are identified with paintings commissioned from leading contemporary Australian Artists. Prelude Vineyards wines are made from fruit producing the most readily expressive wines, with the objective that they will drink well soon after release, whilst the Siblings label celebrates family lineage and the three generations now leaving their footprints on Leeuwin Estate. They all share a place amongst the great wines of Australia, receiving much international acclaim and attention. Leeuwin's Art Series Chardonnay and Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon are included in wine auction house, Langton's, prestigious classification. With point scores as high as 98/100, US Wine Spectator has included Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnays in the editor's annual top 100 list on numerous occasions with the 2011 vintage ranked wine #5 in 2014. The Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon has been included in UK Decanter Magazine's Top 50 wines of the year and as a US WINE & SPIRITS Top 100 wine.

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