Tasting: Highly-rated Leeuwin Estate Wines


Leeuwin Estate Wines


I was privileged to have the opportunity to try some of the highly-rated wines of Western Australia wine royalty, Leeuwin Estate. My eyes first rushed to the highly-scored Art Series Chardonnay, but you will be surprised to see which wine I rated the highest. If you do get the opportunity, I highly suggest giving these wines a try. PLEASE, make sure they are served at the right temperature. Unfortunately I was unable to truly rate one of these wines. Apologies!

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Inviting aroma of warm fruit, like when fruits just start to caramelise in a pan. Followed by smells of soft oak spice, and tangly thick vines, like in an overgrown garden. Tasting the wine, it’s wonderful. What you will find is an eminently drinkable Cabernet that is better than almost all young Cabernets that I have drunk. I am constantly trying to advocate Cabernet to friends, and will now bring this around when I face a struggle to win them over. You could lay this down for quite some time, but I don’t see how you could resist it. My score is heavily based on the fact that this is superb drinking immediately.
94 points

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2011
This is an extremely renowned wine, having for many years now achieved consistently amazing reviews and wide praise. I was anticipating tasting this wine. It opens with a very lovely nose of white fruits and some skins, but from the off I struggled a bit with the temperature of the wine, as it was served at my tasting at too cold a temperature. Having spent minutes trying to warm the wine, I found it opening up slightly. Once it reached a better temperature, the nose opened much more beautifully and was extremely good. Tasting the wine, I found its minerality, length and finish to be really truly superb. Whatever oak treatment this wine has had, I loved it but wished for slightly more. Maybe I am just incredibly addicted to oak treatment? In any case, such is the variability of vine age, weather, and winemaker ability that wines like this truly stand out. Unfortunately I have declined scoring this wine because the tasting experience was not optimal.

Leeuwin Estate Prelude Chardonnay 2011
As with the Art Series Chardonnay, this wine was served too cold. It left the nose extremely grassy and zesty, and really just not very attractive. It was more Sauvignon Blanc than Chardonnay, on this tasting anyway. It is the entry level Chardonnay for Leeuwin Estate. It was, however, a balanced and smooth wine on the taste, and I would not complain were I served it again. Only next time, I would hope for slightly warmer. Once I did manage to warm it enough, I found it quite enjoyable. The wine is quite tightly woven, and showed hints of the generosity and spirit once it warmed a little in the glass. This and the Art Series Chardonnay are wines of great interest that I would jump at trying again, in warmer circumstances!
89+ points
  
Good drinking to you,
David



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