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2013 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay

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2013 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay

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Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
Art Series sits at the bigger end of Margaret River’s chardonnay power set, unashamedly proclaiming grand fruit presence within a robust fram of 100% new French oak. It has done so with an admirable measure of finesse in recent years, though I feared the warmer 2011 vintage might trouble this style. To the contrary, sniper-like precision in picking early has captured the magnitude of this label with greater clarity of acid line and elegant focus than ever. Introducing one of the great vintages for LEASMRC. Constant oak trials across 23 coopers and some 900 new barrels a year have made for impeccable oak integration, maintaining the purity of grapefruit zest, white peach blossom and succulent fig, overlaid with wonderful hints of struck flint and gunpowder. Epic persistence, laser-focused acidity and outstanding drive.
2014-2016
Wine Taste Weekly
97
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Pale green-gold; a restrained bouquet offering pure grapefruit and cashew aromas; the palate reveals a swathe of pure fruit, showing a vintage of purity rather than complexity, the latent power is held in check by linear acidity and well-handled French oak; long, expansive and absolutely in keeping with its lineage.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
95
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
An impressive Art Series, a showcase of the power and control that defines this Margaret River icon. The bouquet proclaims its depth and richness from the outset, with ripe white peach fruit, grapefruit and even grilled pineapple. The palate is powerful in presence, deep and wide, yet held in impeccable shape thanks to a long line of lively, crunchy, finely textured acidity. 100% new French oak is proclaimed in nuances of cashew nuts around the periphery, and will quickly integrate in time.
Wine Taste Weekly -28/01/14
96
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Tightly woven and elegant, with a waxy fragrance of white peach, lemon rind and grapefruit backed by creamy vanilla oak, melon, white and yellow flowers and a hint of sweetcorn. More elegant and reserved than usual for this label, it presents an intense, luscious core of grapefruit and melon tightly knit with fresh vanilla oak and wrapped in a lemony acidity. While it becomes quite textured and savoury towards its lingering slatey and mineral finish, it doesn?t quite deliver the length of the great vintages.
2018-2022+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
94
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
So complex and so damn good. From the first intake of those heady aromas of grapefruit, cereal and subtle roasted cashew. There's some subtle spice in there as well. The palate is a simply glorious expression of the variety with a deep intensity and power that carries with effortless precision to a very long finish. Another great wine with an underlying tightness that will see it age for many years.
The West Australian Wine Guide
98
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine (2009 Vintage) says
This continues Leeuwin's evolution into a more elegant, less oaky style, and needs time to open up. Its penetrating tropical, grapefruit and floral aromas and flavours are impressively fine and powerful.
2022+
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, Aug/Sep
97
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Craftmanship of the highest order in the vineyard and winery have combined to create a perfect example this wine. The intensity and power unwind effortlessly, but with multiple aroma and flavour messages from the barrel fermentation and subsequent maturation of the fully ripe, pink grapefruit and peach at its core.
2024
James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012
97
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
As soon as this hits the glass, the intense fruit fills the room _ really concentrated and powerful chardonnay that s firing on all cylinders in 2009. Aromas of beautifully ripe peach and mango here, some orange, grilled hazelnuts and a spray of fine citrus too. The palate s immense, really ripe, really deep and powerful; it packs seemingly endless grapefruit and nectarine flavour, and grilled nuts build up through the finish. Incredible length here. Power and beauty.
2015
Good Wine Guide
96
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Art Series continues to wave the flag at the big end of Margaret River, and does so in 2009 with considerable flair. The bouquet delivers real power of focused grapefruit, luscious white peach, golden delicious apple and fig. There’s nothing at all blowsy about this release, which delivers outstanding poise, thanks to fruit captured at the perfect moment of ripeness, between the zesty energy of lime and grapefruit pulp and the juiciness of white peach. Its refreshing acidity tones its 14.5% alcohol, making for a long and refreshing finish of generous proportions, supported neatly by classy vanillin oak.
2012-2019
Wine Taste Edition 98
96
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A very polished, complete and balanced expression of this benchmark wine whose handsomely oaked fragrance of grapefruit, melon and peach reveals smoky, mineral complexity and spicy nuances of cinnamon and ginger. It's long, deeply concentrated and unusually powerful, with a deep, seamless presence of fruit and spicy vanilla oak delivering smoothness and structure all down the palate towards a citrusy, mineral finish of exceptional length and freshness.
2017-2021+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
97
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Consistent greatness with a complex aroma of citrus with tropical edges Leeuwin style showing latency; fruit concentration with carefully judged oak in the back ground. The palate has significant weight without heaviness, penetrating rippling concentration with length and showing sophistication with no flavour dominating in the melee of pear, nectarine to pineapple spectrum fruit flavours. The acid draws the threads of flavour to a long and lingering layered conclusion.
2023
Rob Geddes MW
95
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
A Leeuwin Chardonnay to drink while the '05, '06 and '07 come back down to earth! '08 is generous with tremendous fruit presence; it's ripe, rounded and juicy on the front end; honed, toned and calm on the rear.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Still pale quartz-green; the finesse of Art Series Chardonnay when it is young is every bit as enjoyable as is the complexity it gains after 6 or 7 years in bottle (under screwcap), its future still assured. We know that bottles from the mid-1980s under cork can blow the brains out, although most are now a shadow of their former selves. What we don't really know is how long wines such as this live and flourish under screwcap.
2040
Australian Wine Companion 2012
96
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Although tasted a good eight months before release this appears to be one of the most delicate and restrained of all Leeuwin Art Series chardies. Yet, in keeping with this famous block, there is depth and power of extraordinary intensity. The palate is woven into a tight lean thread to moves with relentless precision to a very long finish. There's some minerally tightness and a bracing acidity that holds at all together. Destined for greatness.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide
98
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
A significantly finer, leaner and more focused Art Series Chardonnay that retains much of its primary, youthful character. A slightly reserved bouquet of grapefruit, lime juice, ginger and cinnamon backed by suggestions of minerals, grilled nuts and waxiness steadily reveals more intensity and perfume. Surprisingly smooth and supple, it's exceptionally long and fine, revealing a remarkable core of concentrated crunchy, freshly sliced fruit that slowly moves down the palate, finishing with brightness, brittleness, zesty acids, true emphasis and first-rate persistence.
The Australian Wine Annual
96
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
The legend of the west, Leeuwin Estate's Art Series Chardonnay has plenty of the richness and powerful cumquat and orange citrus fruits of old, along with some more refined steely and lemony notes; gentle spice and quite restrained oak are on show at this stage too. The palate chimes in with more toast presence and complexity; the same orange-tinged citrus is here too, flinty and smoky and full of powerful fruit that's all been wrapped nicely together.
2015
The Good Wine Guide
94
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Pale, bright straw-green; fragrant grapefruit, melon and white peach aromas, the oak subtle and integrated, are followed by an exceptionally intense and long palate, the alcohol lost in the sea of flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
96
Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
Another year, another great Art Series—what a tremendous line up of successive vintages Margaret River has presented of late. Zesty grapefruit, lemon blossom and just-picked white peach amid cashew and nutmeg oak. Backward and lively, it finishes with lingering minerality.
96
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Remarkably consistent style with pineapple tropical fruit and real respect for acidity to create-balanced wines with a future.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
96
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
Where do you start with Leeuwin chardonnay, consistently Australia's great chardonnay and some would argue our greatest white wine. His is typical of the style with delicate fine grapefruit and cereal nuances, lightly spice and cinnamon, plus a little creaminess. The palate is restrained (this was tasted eight months prior to release) yet there is the classic combination of power and delicacy. Although it was picked quite ripe it's still quite reserved.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
96
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Bright and youthful colour; a complex array of nectarine, grapefruit and spice, particularly cinnamon on the bouquet; the palate exhibits understated power, with grilled nuts supporting the very generous, yet refined, level of stone fruit and oak; the finish is staggeringly long, fine and complex.
2011
Australian Wine Companion 2010
97
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Remarkably consistent style with pineapple tropical fruit and real respect for acidity to create-balanced wines with a future.
2020
Australian Wine Vintages
96
Ray Jordan (2006 Vintage) says
This was tasted in July 2008, nearly seven months before its release date. One of the leanest and tightest Art Series, but you'd expect this from such a vintage. Nonetheless, there is great depth and power in the tight structure, with stacks of grapefruit meal and subtle roasted cashew. The cool year resulted in one of the highest malo contributions in Art Series but has added immeasurably to the wine. Need I say it, but this will be another Leeuwin great.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide
97
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Awesome power, grace, depth and finesse; pure grapefruit, nectarine and peach flesh aromas are framed by complex, toasty, grilled nuts; the palate is amazingly concentrated, yet portrays a lightness that is completely beguiling and incredibly long.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2009
97
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
The 2005 Leeuwin makes a heady, opulent impression, some match strike, ripe open melon and peach fruits, deeply layered complexity and supportive oak below. The palate starts out creamy and rich, mouth-filling, really draws wide, before heading to a fine spine of acid structure, gentle citrus notes and some savoury punch through the finish. Will develop neatly, always does.
2013
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009
95
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Almost the perfect chardonnay, this sublime wine is astonishingly intense and concentrated; also seamlessly balanced and measured. Its opulent expression of pineapple, grapefruit, guava and mango-like fruit knits effortlessly with creamy, bacony, vanilla and slightly smoky oak, while it's underpinned by a chalky mineral texture and punctuated by a chiselled, citrusy acidity. While there's a hint of spirity heat and sweetness at the finish of its exceptionally long and complete palate, it's a stunning exercise in power and control.
2013-2017
Australian Wine Annual 2009
96
Ray Jordan (2005 Vintage) says
This has been held back for a limited cellar release. What a wine and still showing so much youthful freshness. Aromas of brioche and roasted cashew with that distinctive mealy grapefruit still evident. The palate is multi-layered with extraordinary complexity. Shows some toasty marmalade with some light white peach. Still has time on its side.
6 years
WA Wine Guide 2013
97
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
The fruit literally sings, appropriate given Leeuwin's annual concerts; white peach, nectarine and grapefruit are the sopranos, barrel ferment and mlf the orchestra behind, the result seamless but synergistic.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
96
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A stylish, elegant and seamless chardonnay whose floral aromas of grapefruit, lemon, mango and sweet vanilla oak overlie nuances of mineral, pineapple and honeysuckle. Initially round and juicy, it's long and mouthfilling, with a core of explosively intense fruit. It finishes with clean acids and a hint of minerality and while it's a first class wine, it remains a little less defined and is likely to mature earlier than the top vintages.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
95
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Richer, deeper and fuller than most Art Series at this stage of its development; ripe stone fruit and melon fruit. Two bottles tasted; the second slightly tighter and racier than the other. Will develop more quickly than most.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A classic Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay whose perfectly focused citrus, stonefruit and tropical fruit qualities are interwoven with tightly knit oak and crystalline acidity. There's a suggestion of lemon tart, cloves, vanilla and mineral beneath its penetrative aromas of grapefruit, peach and lemon butter. Exceptionally long and pronounced, its taut and persistent palate knits pristine layers of pineapple, banana, lemon and grapefruit with the purest, brightest acidity. Exemplary.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
97
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Shows yet again why this is the best Chardonnay in Australia; flawless and seamless balance and integration of all of the chardonnay-making techniques without imperilling the elegant stone fruit and melon running through an endless palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
97
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
An alluring bouquet of quince, grapefruit, cumquat and spicy, rather perfumed oak, with lightly herbal undertones of lime juice and wheat meal. Vibrant and creamy, its initially restrained fruit builds steadily and effortlessly towards a lingering crescendo of assertive, powerful stonefruit, citrus and melon chardonnay flavour, remaining exceptionally elegant and seamless. There's a hint of min-erality and a suggestion of bacon-like malolac-tic influence, while its babyfat-like viscosity eases into a lingering finish of tautness and assertive definition.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
97
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
A classically sumptuous, luxuriant chardonnay from this celebrated maker, with a lightly smoky, floral perfume of minerals, grapefruit and lemon zest. Very reserved despite being so richly succulent, unfolding layers of deep fruit flavours, creamy oak and cashew nuts, before a wonderfully long and crystalline finish of exceptional freshness and balance. Absolutely seamless and harmonious.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
96
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Classic Leeuwin, classic Margaret River; intense stone fruit and grapefruit aromas, then a gloriously textured and multi-faceted palate; outstanding balance and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
97
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Bright, light straw-green; a tightly focused, fine, elegant and harmonious array of nectarine, grapefruit and oak aromas sets the scene for the palate, which has a purity of line particular to Leeuwin Estate. Very much in the style of the '99, even if a cat's whisker behind it in terms of absolute quality.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
95
Ray Jordan (2000 Vintage) says
I tasted this last year and it was just starting to show its true qualities. Well. It's now started to show a whole lot more. This is consistently Australia's greatest chardonnay. This is one of the more powerful and intense of them with deep textured palate and a palate that just goes on and on. It's already showing some complexity but it will improve with extended age. IT is one Australia's few long-term cellaring chardonnays
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
95
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Brilliant pale straw-green; a delicate and restrained bouquet is completely at odds with the 14.5° alcohol, as are the youthful, vibrant grapefruit, nectarine and melon fruit of the palate. This could develop into something quite special, even by the standards of Leeuwin.
2004-2014
Australian Wine Companion 2003
96
Jeremy Oliver (1999 Vintage) says
2007-2011
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
95
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium to full yellow-green; a complex array of melon, fig, cashew and cream aromas on the bouquet are followed by a multi-layered and textured palate with seamless integration of fruit and oak. Perfect balance for a wine which was produced from microscopic yields.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
97
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; a complex bouquet in which the barrel-ferment/new oak contribution does show up. The wine really comes into its own on the palate, with fine melon and fig fruit; finely balanced and flavoured, with the long, lingering finish which all great white wines share.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
94
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; an exceptionally intense, complex yet fine bouquet with perfectly married nutty barrel-ferment characters running through sweet melon and citrus fruit is followed by an intense, yet elegant palate with melon, cashew, chestnut, citrus and oak spice flavours. Long and penetrating, with excellent acidity, the wine has an indefinite future, however seductive it is now.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
97

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