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Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay

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When you think of famed Margaret River wineries then Leeuwin Estate must surely appear at the top of the list, it’s one of the oldest and most consistent in the region and the Prelude is your chance to taste the fruits of their labours. The essence of Margaret River Chardonnay, with peach, grapefruit and citrus as well as subtle oak spice. The palate is framed by an elegant texture and complemented by essential fruit flavours, lively acids and judicious oak.

Winemaker's Notes

Cut limes, ripe Nashi pears and white peaches greet the nose, amidst aromas of fresh nougat, honeycomb, brioche and rice wafers.

Savoury lemon rind, figs and quince create complexity, while oak derived toasted hazelnuts and cinnamon spice is diligently incorporated to enhance the balance.

The palate is tight and defined, characterised by fresh lime, white nectarine and pears. Luscious texture delivers balanced depth and breadth to the palate. Oatmeal, nutmeg and subtle oak char lie in the background, with all components brought together with a taut and refreshing acid line.

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Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2013 Vintage) says
An excellent Prelude of poise and balance, capturing the gravitas of this great chardonnay estate at an accessible point. A wine of detail, complexity, richness and focus, seamlessly melding fig, white peach and cashew nut French oak (one-third new) with well focused grapefruit acidity. It will benefit from a few more months for oak to fully integrate on the finish, and should be spot on just in time for its release in October 2014.
2014-2018
Wine Taste Weekly
94
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Regional and elegant, with a waxy, floral bouquet of fresh tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit and lime juice backed by a hint of mineral. Long and focused, it's elegant and creamy, with a fresh, finely balanced marriage of vibrant fruit, restrained oak and lively acids.
2017-2020
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
92
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
The warm 2011 vintage in Margaret River has nurtured a strong and impressively concentrated Prelude. Lemon, grapefruit and white peach of considerable volume draw out tight and long on a finish of finely poised acidity. It upholds an impressive harmony in spite of its proportions, finding a comfortable balance of fruit concentration and poised acid structure.
2012-2014
Wine Taste Edition 99
92
Ray Jordan (2011 Vintage) says
Pretty sexy second label from Leeuwin. It’s well-structured with excellent fruit depth supported by some quality oak. Creamy stone fruit with a nutty nuance adding a little interest on the palate. The acid is fine and the palate carries easily to long satisfying finish, Full flavoured and persistent.
5 years
WA Wine Guide 2013
91
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
92
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; the bouquet is fresh, but does not prepare the way for the palate, which has tremendous drive to its grapefruit-accented fruit; while 100% barrel-fermented and matured, it is driven by its fruit, not oak.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
An opulent, polished chardonnay whose ripe, heady aromas of ruby grapefruit, melon and tropical fruits are backed by smoky vanilla oak and creamy, nutty undertones. Smooth and generous, it's brightly lit with luscious ripe fruit underpinned by smoky, slightly funky complexity, finishing with genuine length and power, plus a refreshing acidity. A more profound, serious expression of this label.
2012-2015+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
93
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
An excellent Prelude of poise and balance, capturing the gravitas of this great chardonnay estate at an accessible point. A wine of detail, complexity, richness and focus, seamlessly melding fig, white peach and cashew nut French oak (one-third new) with well focused grapefruit acidity. It will benefit from a few more months for oak to fully integrate on the finish, and should be spot on just in time for its release in October 2014.
2014-2018
Wine Taste Weekly
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright, light straw-green; the bouquet is quite complex, the palate wonderfully elegant and smooth, yet not forfeiting the complexity of the bouquet, with creamy cashew notes as well as the white stone fruit base.
2019
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A second label equal to most producers' best, although the price (inevitably) reflects the quality; fragrant white peach and grapefruit aromas and flavours drive the wine, having soaked up the barrel ferment oak in the process; long, complete and perfectly balanced.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Pretty impressive for your second string Chardonnay behind the great Art Series. This is modern in expression with steely minerally structure and a fine delicate lingering palate. Deceptively intense as it builds effortless in the mouth to finish with some punch. Great mouth feel and very drinkable.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
92
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Quite restrained nose and backwards fruit aromas, so give this some good air. Primary and pure ripe stone fruits and figs build with some gentle, clean, flinty fruit characters arriving on the palate; sparkling clarity, impressive evenness and a grapefruity finish. Peach skin, good drive and lingering richness.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A not-so-junior brother to the Art Series; while the vineyard block sources are different, this is a seriously elegant wine, marrying intensity and finesse on a notably long palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Fine, intense nectarine and grapefruit with seamless oak; as fresh as a daisy, the oak perfectly balanced and integrated. No hint of reduction at any stage.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Beautifully fragrant and spotlessly clean; fine grapefruit, melon and nectarine, with seamless oak. The best second label in the world?
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
95
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Elegant, long, tightly focused nectarine and grapefruit; subtle barrel ferment oak inputs; excellent length; great value if you can't afford the Art Series.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Fragrant, fresh, lively and long; driven by its nectarine/grapefruit flavours; subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
92

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