Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2014 ~ Margaret River, Australia
James Halliday 5 star winery
98/100 Ray Jordan
96/100 The Wine Front
93/100 James Halliday
20/20 and #1 Top 100 Best Australian Wines 2017
Decanter Magazine "the best Chardonnay in the world" (1982 vintage - the first vintage of this wine)
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front “...Very much a classic Leeuwin here. Perhaps one of their best........the length of flavour is just staggering. Oak, fruit power, and length is the Leeuwin formula, with bottle age the key to unlocking it. As at now there’s clove spice, ginger and cedar oak, nashi pear, Tiny Teddies, melon and white flowers. It’s full bodied, spicy and smooth, intense and quite flinty, with cool integrated acidity, and a startlingly long finish. ”
Matthew Jukes “Art Series itself is just that – a work of art. lt is the most consistently excellent (chardonnay in Australia and in 2014 this iconic wine is less forceful and domineering than in 2013 and there is already striking balance on display. With a perfect thread of acidity and freshness running the length of its spine, Art Series chardonnay is a wine with uncommon finesse and it underlines just how great the 2014 vintage was for Margaret River and its top white wines. 2014 Art Series chardonnay is my favorite release in a very long time and having given it 19.5s more regularly than I can count it is time for me to unleash a perfect 20/20 for this masterpiece. lt is not only the top scoring white wine of this report it is the top wine of all.”
Ray Jordan “There have been many challengers to this great chardonnay, yet still it stands supreme as one of the finest in the land. This is a finer and more delicate example but one that still has the sustained power and deep intensity that distinguishes it. Pear and white peach aromas laced with a light touch of almond meal and grapefruit. Appears slightly more minerally and precise than some previous wines. Holds a very tight line through to the finish. Interesting style shift.”
James Halliday "Sits brightly in the glass. Watery straw-green. Passionfruit, cut grass, gravel and warm, bready flavours. Hits up with a considerable amount of flavour (and texture) but is never sharp or in your face; it's a welcoming wine."
Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Chardonnay has been described by wine critic James Halliday as "Australia's finest example" of Chardonnay". Langton's Classification of Australian Wine places Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Chardonnay at the highest level of "Exceptional".
Since it's first commercial vintage back in 1979, Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay has taken all before it, now recognised as a benchmark Chardonnay on the international stage. The 2013 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay is once again Australian Chardonnay at its very best; drinking superbly now it has the structure to last for at least the next decade.
Leeuwin Estate was established in 1969 by Denis and Tricia Horgan. The land was previously used as a cattle station and after having been purchased as part of a deal to buy a plumbing business. Robert Mondavi (the famous California winemaker, and pioneer of labeling wines varietally rather than generically) provided significant advice during the planning and setup stages of the estate. He had been promoting the potential that Margaret River had as a wine region and was looking for investment opportunities. Leeuwin Estate produces around 60,000 cases of wine each vintage .