Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2017 ~ Margaret River, Australia
99/100 James Halliday, Chardonnay Varietal Award Winner
98/100 Huon Hooke
97/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
96/100 Nick Stock
96/100 MaryAnn Worobiec
James Halliday 5 star winery
Halliday Wine Companion 2021 Award Winning Varietal - Chardonnay of the Year
20/20 Matthew Jukes (2014 vintage)
Matthew Jukes #1 Top 100 Best Australian Wines (2014 vintage)
Decanter Magazine "the best Chardonnay in the world" (1982 vintage - the first vintage of this wine)
98/100 Ray Jordan (2014 vintage)
96/100 The Wine Front (2014 vintage)
93/100 James Halliday (2014 vintage)
Huon Hooke, The Real Review “A power-packed wine that is compact and rightly-packaged, latent like an unexploded bomb! Intense and sustained grapefruit and lemon aftertaste. An impressive, high-impact chardonnay of great potential. The sheer power of the fruit is awesome. Light yellow, a very youthful colour. The bouquet has substantial oak as well as some tropical fruit, cashew nut and fluffy yeast aromas. The palate is very intense and vibrant, with nervy acidity and richness to match, the aftertaste lingering on and on. ”
Campbell Mattinson, The Winefront “Sometimes you just have to lean back and marvel. The art of Margaret River chardonnay. This is it. You don’t just drink a wine like this, you set it in your mind as a benchmark. It’s a wine built on power, texture and length, centre-half forward, centre-half back and ruck, with acidity roving through and the fragrance cheering loud. That seduction up front, that pure fresh peach, that huge energetic push through the back half. Blumey Charlie the crushed fennel characters here are full on. It’s on the frisky side of luxury. It’s damn good.”
Nick Stock “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.”
Frank Wilden, Business Insider Australia “The long-standing flag bearer for “Margs” chardonnay, this wine from the cooler – and at times challenging – 2017 season, is absolutely one of the best ever released under the Art Series label. The bouquet really sets the scene for what’s to come with complex tightly-wound notes of white pear against a background of nectarine and lemon, with new French oak at the back fighting for attention. It would be easy to mistake this as serious white burgundy. It has real power and impact on entry, which flows to serious mid-palate intensity with those pear notes continuing across the wines perfect proportions. A wine of great power and vitality, the finale is oh-so lingering with echoes of almond, lime and lemon. A grand cru white burgundy quality at a fraction of the price”
James Halliday, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion “This achieves another step up the quality ladder for Leeuwin Estate, seemingly impossible. There's been no change in the vinification, nor in the vineyard. The change is an increase in the intensity of the flavours, and hence their length and aftertaste. It's an extraordinary wine, among the greatest of Burgundy (and elsewhere in the world). Whatever you expect from its future development will be delivered.”
MaryAnn Worobiec “Opens rich a 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.
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.
LeeuwIn Estate is one of Australia's most famous wine estates. Established more than 50 years ago as one of Margaret River's first fine wineries, 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 in the early 1970's to founders 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.
Margaret River is one of the best known wine regions in Australia, recognized internationally for the quality of its wines and the natural beauty of the region. Although originally renowned for its unusually refined cabernet sauvignon and intensely citrusy chardonnay varieties, the region now produces high quality Semillon-Sauvignon blends and Shiraz.
Located in the south-western corner of Western Australia, it is famous for having a more 'European' wine style than its counterparts across Australia, owing to the regions temperate, coastal location which is very similar to that of Bordeaux.
Chardonnay is one of the world’s most popular grapes, Chardonnay is made in a wide range of styles from lean, to rich, creamy white wines aged in oak. Bolder, richer, full-bodied and buttery Chardonnays are made using oak and are produced in California, Burgundy, and Australia. Unoaked chardonnays such as Chablis and those produced in Chile, New Zealand, and other parts of France are leaner and often crisp and mineraly, with delicate flavors. By law, if a label says “Chablis,” it must be Chardonnay.