One of the top domaines in Australia and indeed the world, Leeuwin Estate have recently released the latest vintages of their 'Art Series' label. At the pinnacle of quality and with a new artist designing the labels each year, James Suckling described a previous vintage of the Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon as 'the Mouton-Rothschild of Australia - with a screw cap!'.
Among these new releases is the 2018 Art Series Chardonnay, which may be their greatest vintage to date. Scoring 97 points in Decanter Magazine, we can't wait to see what the other major critics make of it when they taste it.
The 2018 Shiraz and 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon are yet to be rated by the critics, but winemaker Tim Lovett has focused increasing love and attention on these reds, with the intention of equalling the ratings for the Chardonnay.
The cask samples which arrived with us back in the depths on an English February were like waft of cool air from the Indian Ocean (which is less than 5km from the estate). No matter how many times we taste the Art Series, we are still taken aback by their classicism and freshness. Tasted blind, we could easily place them in Burgundy, the Northern Rhone and Bordeaux. Only their opulence points to Western Australia's Margaret River region.
What we noticed above all when tasting these the samples was just how much sheer pleasure and enjoyment the Art Series wines offer. Capturing all of the finesse and elegance of their old world counterparts, there is still something exuberant about these wines which makes them particularly compelling for the summer ahead.
As ever, allocations are extremely limited, so please let us know straight away if you would like to secure some.
You will also find below some library stocks of older vintages of Leeuwin.
Offered pre-landing, available for delivery from July 2021.
|RED||2016||6 cases||Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon||75cl||£420 per case of 12||Leeuwin Estate
2016 / 6 cases / 75cl
£420 per case of 12
|RED||2017||25 cases||Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon||75cl||£408 per case of 12||Leeuwin Estate
2017 / 25 cases / 75cl
£408 per case of 12
|RED||2018||1 case||Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Chardonnay||75cl||£660 per case of 12||Leeuwin Estate
2018 / 1 case / 75cl
£660 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"Translucent yellow. Powerful, mineral-accented nectarine, orange, pear nectar, iodine and pungent flowers on the intensely perfumed nose. Smooth, chewy and dry in the mouth, offering wonderfully concentrated yet vibrant orchard and pit fruit flavors complemented by suggestions of fennel, sweet butter, saffron and candied lemon peel. Shows superb definition and finishes minerally, smoky and extremely long, with lingering citrus and pit fruit notes and a touch of smokiness. 96 points" Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com------"THE ICON From an excellent vintage – warm, with very few hot days – this muscular yet lithe Chardonnay suffuses the senses with Leeuwin Estate's clear and penetrating signature perfume of granular pear and fleshier fresh fig. Harmonious lemony acidity makes for an ultra-long, seamless finish, through a palate of acacia, lanolin, smoke and crème patisserie. The concentrated fruit effortlessly mops up the 100% new oak. A luminous, graceful and balanced powerhouse. Drinking Window 2021 - 2038. 97 points." Sarah Ahmed, Decanter Magazine, Feb 2021
|RED||2018||30 cases||Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Shiraz||75cl||£222 per case of 12||Leeuwin Estate
2018 / 30 cases / 75cl
£222 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"Since Tim arrived at the winery a lot more attention to detail has been focused on the red wines and the quality of juice now being produced is outstanding. Tim is a huge fan of this varietal and a firm believer of its great potential in the Margaret River. The cooler nights, inspired by the maritime influence, bring a lift and a fragrance to the wine, which remind one of northern Rhône examples of this variety. Around 20% whole bunch is used, further adding lift and energy. The oak is a mix of new, I year and 2-year old barriques. This is a very stylish, refined wine of both depth and precision. Astonishing value. Drink from 2024." Importer's note.
|WHITE||2019||25 cases||Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Riesling||75cl||£140 per case of 12||Leeuwin Estate
2019 / 25 cases / 75cl
£140 per case of 12