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Leeuwin Estate

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 RAY JORDAN WINE GUIDE 2017

Leeuwin Estate Prelude chardonnay 2014 ($33.10)

One of the best Prelude chardonnays. Impressive mix of nougat and nectarine with a cutting edge of grapefruit and lemon zest. The palate is brilliantly integrated to focus it precisely to a very long finish. Such a bright and lively palate with beautiful fruit intensity. Excellent.

Score: 93/100     Cellar: 6 years

Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards cabernet merlot 2012 ($29.80)

I’m sure the extra focus going into the Art Series reds is paying off with even better fruit getting into the Prelude. This 2012 is one of the very best I have tasted. It’s delivered with a degree of restrain and elegant finesse while losing absolutely nothing in power and concentration. So well balanced with fully ripe tannins, a hit of oak and smooth leafy thought fully ripe fruit. Great value.

Score: 93/100     Cellar: 10 years

Leeuwin Estate Art Series riesling 2015 ($23.20)

One of the most consistent wines in the Leeuwin portfolio. This is quite a fine and almost delicate riesling and therefore one of the best. It’s almost atypical Margaret River Riesling with that limey minerality and fineness of palate. Crunchy and juicy with good tension and structure.

Score: 92/100    Cellar: 6 years

Leeuwin Estate Art Series chardonnay 2013 ($104)

This has to be one of the most understated and delightfully restrained and elegant of any Leeuwin chardonnay I can recall. IT is also one of the very best. Everything has come together so perfectly with a mix of mealy creamy stone fruit, roasted cashew and that distinctive grapefruit. The power and lingering intensity is something else. A super wine.

Score: 97/100    Cellar: 12 years

Leeuwin Estate Art Series cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($74)

Such a beautifully elegant and refined cabernet but one that still packs some serious grunt. Displays some classic cabernet character with a nice leafy tobacco influence on the nose. There’ lots of red berry fruit with a trace of cedar. Dry ripe chalky and slightly sinewy tannins add to the structure which has just a little assertiveness about it. But hey, that’s cabernet.

Score: 95/100    Cellar: 12 years

Leeuwin Estate Art Series shiraz 2013 ($38.90)

Leeuwin’s shiraz has taken a giant leap forward since the variety was reinvented some years ago. This is a beauty. Rich and concentrated with layers of dark plum, spices and savory oak characters all merging with a decent dollop of chocolate swirling throughout. The dusty chalky tannins add to the structure while the oak treatment is excellent.

Score: 95/100    Cellar: 10 years

 

 

 RAY JORDAN WINE GUIDE 2016

Leeuwin Estate Art Series chardonnay 2012 ($95)

From the first sniff of the marvellous mix of nougat and grapefruit with subtle infusions of white peach you just know this is something special. It is a richer and more fruit-driven wine than the 2011 with a beautifully integrated palate striking such a perfect balance of oak and fruit. Has such depth and power that extends through to the very long finish. This is a wine that will live for many years.

SCORE 97/100 CELLAR 12 years

Leeuwin Estate Prelude chardonnay 2014 ($33.10)

One of the best Prelude chardonnays. Impressive mix of nougat and nectarine with a cutting edge of grapefruit and lemon zest. The palate is brilliantly integrated to focus it precisely to a very long finish. Such a bright and lively palate with beautiful fruit intensity. Excellent.

SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 6 years

Leeuwin Estate Art Series shiraz 2012 ($40)

These shiraz from Leeuwin just keep getting better and this one is another beauty showing how far they have come since reinventing themselves with it a few years ago. Seductive spicy aromatics with beautiful red fruit scents and a touch of cedar. The palate has grainy tannins and fine grained oak supporting beautiful fruit. It’s balanced and poised with great potential to cellar.

SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 10 years

Leeuwin Estate Siblings shiraz 2012 ($24)

With the improvement in the Art Series shiraz, the flow through into this value-for-money wine has seen it lift as well. This is such a deliciously appealing drink with savoury red fruits and nice cedary oak. The palate is balanced and medium bodied with length and persistence.

SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 3 years

Leeuwin Estate Art Series cabernet sauvignon 2011 ($69.95)

Yet another defining statement from Leeuwin that this great estate is more than great chardonnays. Its cabernets like its shiraz have taken quantum leaps forward. This one is a belter. Fully ripe varietal cabernet fruit with a grainy tannin influence and fine grained oak. Slightly meaty blackcurrant flavours with some subtle savoury cedary characters. Structure and poised with all the components to support further cellaring.

SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 15 years

 

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