Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia, 2017 through Merchant of Wine.

Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia, 2017

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Overview of the Wine
Family owned, Leeuwin Estate, one of the five founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district of Western Australia, is under the direction of two generations who work with a team of highly skilled winemakers to consistently produce wines ranking alongside the world’s finest. In 1972, legendary Napa Valley winemaker, Robert Mondavi, identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard as being ideal for the production of premium wine and provided early mentorship to Denis and Tricia Horgan in the transformation of their cattle farm into Leeuwin Estate. Enjoying its first commercial vintage in 1979, Leeuwin was thrust into the international spotlight when Decanter Magazine gave its highest recommendation to the 1981 “Art Series” Chardonnay. The international accolades have continued and Leeuwin now exports to 30 markets. Celebrating the combination of fine wine, food, art and music, Leeuwin features an award winning restaurant, cellardoor and art gallery. The Estate is renowned for staging spectacular events and welcoming visitors from around the world.

Grape / Blend
Chardonnay

Origin
Margaret River, Western Australia

Winemaker Tasting Notes
The purity on the nose is unmistakable; defined by a fruit spectrum of Japanese pear, Tahitian lime, and Meyer lemon. Floral aromas combine with subtle spice, highlighted by frangipani, chamomile, cinnamon, and cardamom. Delicate notes of cashew, almonds, sesame, and graphite are threaded in the background. A clear expression of primary fruit unfolds into a delicate, contoured, and layered mid-palate, neatly laced with a fine acid structure. Presence, poise, and enviable length combine in symmetry, creating an articulating line and dimension.

96 Points - James Suckling
Such complexity and resolve make for a very attractive nose with peaches, grapefruit, cedary oak spice, gunflint and wet stones. The palate has a plush, smoothly resolved texture with a rich, creamy texture and all-encompassing, ripe stone-fruit flavors, ahead of a very long, smooth finish. Grilled-hazelnut and apricot-kernel flavors to close. Great to drink now, but certainly a decade of cellaring in the tank, too.

96 Points - Wine Spectator
Opens rich and lush, with grilled pineapple, ripe pear and fleshy apricot flavors. Details of mineral, lime skin and Meyer lemon add a fresh thread of acidity and a sense of precision, finishing with a note of sesame seed. 

Product size: 750ml

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