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2013 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Interestingly, the fruit for this shiraz doesn't come from Leeuwin Estate itself. They decided to go a bit further south in the Margaret River, which means this is quite a cool-climate, more medium-bodied version. Aromas of red berries and cherries, white pepper, purple florals, toasted vanilla and subtle choc-mint swirl out of the glass, whilst the palate is elegant and spicy, with succulent cherry and plum flavours, a fine line of talcy tannins, and some tautness to the lingering finish. This will cop a few years in the cellar and improve further.

Winemaker's Notes

An amazing display of blue berries, blackberries, anise, dark chocolate and a subtle gaminess. This concentrated and inky bouquet also has highlights of violets and sweet caramel. The palate shows the same intensity as the nose with a layered concentration of flavours on the entry with depth and persistent nuances of dense blackberry underpinned by light roasted coffee beans and dark forest fruits. Elegant French oak and peppery fine tannins elongate the length of this wine delivering a long and lingering finish.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2013 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz

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Wine Companion (2013 Vintage) says
75% machine-harvested, 25% hand-picked, de-stemmed and whole bunch-fermented respectively with cultured yeast, matured for 18 months in French oak (53% new). Leeuwin took time to come to terms with its Shirazs, but is now master of its destiny. It has black cherry and plum flavours in superabundance, plus finely tuned tannins, its modest alcohol is the key.
Drink by 2038
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Has a bit of swagger about it. It's meaty and shot with pure, ripe plum flavour but while the tannin is velvety and well integrated it flexes its muscle from the mid-palate onwards, inspiring confidence in the process. You're in sure hands here. Clove, leaf and spice notes play a role, though in general the wine presents as seamless.
Drink by 2030
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
Leeuwin ceased production of shiraz from its home block years ago as the site didn’t seem to work. Today, its top shiraz comes from a site further south and further inland, with cooler night temperatures that benefitted this warmer vintage. The result is pretty and elegant, a beautifully fragrant shiraz, with violet and rose petal perfume intermingling with notes of pomegranate and white pepper. One quarter whole bunch fermentation lends a subtle effect, leaving the focus to refined red cherry and plum fruit, accented by very finely textured tannins and the vibrant acidity of this cool site.
Wine Taste Weekly
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Savoury and Rhone-inspired, this charmingly balanced and measured shiraz has a pure, delicate and spicy bouquet of small black and red berries, fresh cedar/ vanilla oak lifted by scents of violets and white pepper. Long, smooth and evenly ripened, with a subtle presence of sweet cassis, raspberries, cherries and blood plums knit with lightly smoky, cedary oak and supple tannin, it finishes with a hint of tomato stalk and a fresh, crunchy acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
The rebirth of shiraz at Leeuwin has been a highlight of its recent years. This one is a cracker. It’s so beautifully expressive from the mix of spices and red fruit characters of cherry and red currant on the nose to the wonderfully seamless refined palate. Great example of a cooler climate shiraz as an alternative to those further north in the region
WA Wine Guide 2013 2012
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright, clear crimson-purple; a vibrantly fresh wine; red berry and cherry fruit is at the core of the bouquet and medium-bodied palate of an elegant and delicious wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Very stylish, fine-grained and elegant, with a delicate floral bouquet of raspberries, redcurrants and cassis tightly knit with cedary oak and backed by spicy notes of white pepper, cloves and nutmeg. It's reserved, medium to full-bodied, long and supple, with a silky but intensely flavoured palate of pristine black and small berry flavours supported by fine, dusty tannins. It finishes savoury, with a lingering core of fruit, and should build in the bottle.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
No question this is the best shiraz Leeuwin have released since beginning their rediscovery of this variety a few years ago. Soft and luxurious with sup0ple fleshy fruit held with firmish tannin and quality fine grained oak. Shows the greatest density and concentration of ripe fruit of any of these Leeuwin shiraz yet it retains an elegance and subtlety. Terrific wine.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Light, bright crimson; the fragrant bouquet of spicy red fruits is closely tracked on the light- to medium-bodied palate that is all about finesse, line and length, the red cherry fruit with spicy nuances, the oak reserved.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Boy these guys are starting to make this variety hum after beginning to refocus on it a few years ago. No question this is the best yet. Savoury and delightfully spicy with a sumptuous soft and supple palate that provides layers of complex flavours. Has the best mouth feel of any Leeuwin Shiraz released to date.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Very musky and bursting with fragrant lift, with some Eastern spice in the mix, complex, bright and youthful. The palate is medium-weight with decent concentration and purple fruit flesh, a gently smoky and supple tannin finish with some toasty oak to close.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Faultless, exaggerated and almost caricature-like, with a highly spiced and peppery presence of cherries redcurrants and small berries sweetly supported by cedar/chocolate/vanilla oak with undertones of mocha. Plush and forward, dark and juicy, it's quite polished and minty, with a plump, juicy palate culminating in a slightly angular and acidic finish of tomatoey and cherry bush flavour.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A fragrant and vibrant wine, with pronounced cool-climate characteristics; spicy/savoury nuances encircle the core of red cherry and plum fruit; very good handling of tannin and oak. Open-fermented, 20% whole bunches.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
Another significant step along the Leeuwin path towards rebuilding its shiraz stranding. This one crams masses of firm concentrated earthy brambly shiraz into a tightly bound package. Sinewy tannins, are excellent fine grained oak add to the powerhouse of a palate. Will benefit from some cellaring.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Highly perfumed cherry fruit and spice bouquet; medium-bodied with gravelly tannin and accentuated acidity; cool and savoury on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A pretty, willowy and supple young shiraz whose heady, brambly and floral aromas of spicy fruit and aromatic oak precede an elegant and pristine palate whose juicy expression of raspberries, cherries and cassis are underpinned by fine, dusty tannins and smooth, chocolatey oak. It finishes slightly herbal and sappy.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Classic medium-bodied shiraz, the blackberry fruit with nuances of spice and earth; greater vibrancy and purity than prior releases as the vines become older; fine tannins and quality oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Evolved and smoky this slightly hard and angular shiraz has a Bovril-like meatiness about its musky aroma of dark plums, cherries and undergrowth. Full to medium weight its sumptuously ripened flavours of blackberries, dark plums and redcurrants are framed by smooth, pliant tannins that finish with just a herbal hint of menthol and metallic greenness. It should settle down and integrate with a little age.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Bright red-purple; an elegant, medium-bodied array of cherry, plum and blackberry fruits; fine tannins and supporting oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Slightly confectionary aromas of small red berries, cherries and plums are backed by assertive vanilla oak and herbal, earthy undertones. Medium to full in weight, It's smooth and sappy, with intense berry flavours becoming more herbal towards the slightly spirity finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Rather a wild, rustic and farmyard-like expression of Rhone-like shiraz whose musky aromas of raspberries, mulberries, cassis and red plums are backed by restrained and dusty vanilla oak and nuances of charcuterie. Smooth and juicy, then long, savoury and earthy, its vibrant fruit reveals a suggestion of dried herbs before finishing long and meaty with a fine-grained cut of tightly knit and bony tannin.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Excellent colour; blackberry, raspberry, cherry and spice; plenty of texture and weight; subtle oak, good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Meaty, spicy aromas of cracked pepper and cloves, red plums and cherries, with sweet cedar/vanilla oak over a hint of greenness. The lean, bony palate presents a mouthful of ripe tomatoey cherry fruit bound by firm tannins. Quite refined, but on the other hand, also rather rustic and green-edged.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; fresh blackberry and spice and the finest possible tannins; finesse, not power.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; an exceptionally complex and aromatic bouquet has spicy characters strongly reminiscent of Cote Rôtie; the palate has good texture, structure and weight; highly sophisticated winemaking techniques were employed, including 40 per cent whole bunches in open fermenters, and malolactic fermentation and maturation in 1-year-old French oak. Some will see these characters as deriving from brettanomyces; my belief is that they come from the fermentation techniques used. All in all, a very interesting and challenging extension to the Art Series portfolio.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003

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