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2016 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay

Margaret River, WA

Spectacular release of one of Australia's great white wines.

$100.00

Rated 5.0 out of 5
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The closest thing, stylistically, to... Grand Cru Burgundy I have seen in an Australian chardonnay.

Ray Jordan (The West Australian Newspaper)

About The Wine

This is arguably Australia's most iconic Chardonnay. For decades Leeuwin Art Series has been the gold standard of Australian Chardonnay, considered by many as one of the few Australian 'Grand Cru' Chardonnays that can go toe-to-toe with the best of Burgundy and beyond.

The wine is fermented and aged in 100% new French oak of the highest quality. The power and intensity of the fruit is an easy match for the new oak, invariable finding balance and even finesse where most Chardonnays would be overpowered.

The 2016 release was awarded a near-perfect 99+ points from Ray Jordan. It's a wine set for an incredible life. A wine for when only the very best will do.

About Leeuwin Estate

What was once a humble cattle farm in Margaret River has now become one of the most iconic wine producing estates in Australia.

A special site identified by iconic Napa Valley winemaker, Robert Mondavi in 1972, Denis and Tricia Horgan took his advise and planted vineyards with the dream of becoming a world-class producer of premium wine.

Leeuwin Estate's first commercial release was in 1979. Now family owned for two generations, theirs is one of the brightest stars in Australian wine. Their iconic Art Series range is now one of the most collectable in the country. 

They are celebrated around the world as one of the finest producers of Chardonnay in particular to be found anywhere on the planet.

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From The Producer

The “Art Series” represents Leeuwin’s most opulent & ageworthy wines from each vintage. They are identified with paintings commissioned from leading contemporary Australian artists.

Cool destemmed fruit with some skin contact. The juice was settled for 3 days, racked and inoculated with yeast. 100% of the juice was barrel fermented in new French oak barriques and the lees stirred regularly. After 11 months in barrels the various components were blended, fined, cold stabilized and bottled.

The nose is energetic, precise and finite with remarkable clarity and purity. Lime, lemon pith, grapefruit and Nashi pear are the hallmark fruits present. Delicate notes of jasmine, cardamom pod, flint, wet stone, blanched almonds and rice wafer give subtle complexity in the background. The shape and frame of the palate is the highlight; volume, combined with length and a mineral acid line threaded in between. Grapefruit, pear and lemon are set in the foreground amongst nougat, brioche, cinnamon and graphite. Wine with incredible poise and presence, with a long life ahead.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13.50%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2035
Bottle Size : 750ml

The Leeuwin cellar
The Leeuwin cellar
Margaret River, WA
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99Points
The West Australian Newspaper

"For me, the 2016 Leeuwin is the closest thing, stylistically, to Burgundy — Grand Cru Burgundy — I have seen in an Australian chardonnay. A marvellous wine that continues to mark the subtle shift to a style of more elegance and minerally finesse. There is such gorgeous texture and middle palate complexity here, with precise delivery through to a very long finish. Spices with floral notes, a touch savoury and understated mealiness that is part of this wine's DNA. What a fitting wine to mark the 50th anniversary of Leeuwin Estate." - Ray Jordan (The West Australian Newspaper)

98Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"Straw-green in colour and powerful from the outset. Pure, juicy pear, white peach, sparks of spice, cedar wood and wood smoke. The flavours trigger each other, the finish then a powerful sling out and onwards. Its beauty is entirely worthy of admiration. Exactly where the power stops and the delicacy starts is difficult to tell, though it seems to happen at some point, even if the wine's insistence never lets up. The quality march of Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay is relentless." - Campbell Mattinson (Halliday Wine Companion)

99Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"The perfumed perfection of the bouquet and the wonders of the palate, with its ever-shifting mosaic of white stone fruit, rock melon, grapefruit, Granny Smith apple and custard apple reign supreme. Oak? Yes, it's there, although subtle. Acidity? Yes, the giver of life now and into the future." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

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One of Australia's best Chardonnays

This wine never disappoints and the 2016 is as good, if not better, than ever.

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