Leeuwin Estate Art Series Margaret River Chardonnay 2018
Leeuwin Estate's Stunning Art Series Chardonny from the Margaret River is one of Australia's iconic wines
Family owned, Leeuwin Estate, one of the five founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district of Western Australia. In 1972, legendary Napa Valley winemaker, Robert Mondavi, identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard as being ideal to produce premium wine and provided early mentorship to Denis and Tricia Horgan in the transformation of their cattle farm into Leeuwin Estate. Their first commercial vintage was in 1979, Leeuwin was thrust into the international spotlight when Decanter Magazine gave its highest recommendation to their 1980 Art Series Chardonnay.
Leeuwin’s Art Series Chardonnay is Australia's most iconic Chardonnay. For decades Leeuwin Art Series has been the gold standard of Australian Chardonnay and it now sits alongside Penfolds Grange and Henschke’s Hill of Grace, in the top 5, The Heritage Five, of Langton’s Classification of Australian Wines - the Australian equivalents of France’s revered Grand Crus.
The Art Series Chardonnay is sourced from the Horgan’s unirrigated Block 20 Vineyard, planted with the Gin Gin clone and is Margaret River chardonnay’s mother vineyard. Now more than 40 years old, many cuttings from this vineyard were used to establish the region’s wineries. The Gin Gin clone and Margaret River chardonnay are inseparably linked because of the Horgans’ vision.
Moderate, Mediterranean conditions allow the vines to grow under very little stress, on top of a gravelly soil profile. Fruit is handpicked, fermented in new French oak barriques for 11 months with regular Bâttonage (stirring of the yeast lees) enhancing texture, complexity and structure.
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay is a long-lived and fine-boned, showing superb fruit definition, wearing its new oak aging with ease. The palate is creamy, yet a fine line of acid cuts across giving life and incredible length. Bottle ageing results in greater harmony with grapefruit and melon aromas and complex lanolin nuances, tightly bound by mineral acidity.
|Colour / Type||White|
|Bottle Size||750 ml|
|Maturity||Drinking beautifully but will keep well too|
|Style||Full bodied, Complex, Dry, Long, Rich|