Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2013 ~ Margaret River, Australia
James Halliday - 98/100
The Wine Front - 95/100
James Suckling - 94/100
James Halliday "Supremely elegant and finely balanced, and has absorbed the new oak in a manner worthy of a Grand Cru White Burgundy, leaving the fragrant bouquet and finely structured palate of startling length to occupy centre stage....55% machine-picked at night, 45% hand-picked, 64% cultured yeast, 36% wild yeast, fermented in and matured for 11 months in new French oak. "
James Suckling "Fabulous flamboyance and opulence yet a freshness and brightness underneath. Full body, lemon curd, apple meringue undertones. Vibrant finish."
Decanter Magazine ~ "the best Chardonnay in the world" (1982 vintage - the first vintage of this 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 .