First taste: Leeuwin Estate Art Series latest releases
The Australia Day Tasting (ADT) in London presented an opportunity to taste the latest top notch Art Series releases from leading Margaret River producer Leeuwin Estate. Here are my notes:
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2010 (Margaret River)
Together with Giaconda Chardonnay from Beechworth, Leeuwin Estate Art Series is one of Australia’s most emblematic Chardonnays. The latest vintages of both (the former the 2011 vintage) were available to taste at ADT. While equally muscular with years ahead of them for me the Leeuwin is more firmly centred around its sheer heft of fruit, the Giaconda its minerality. And the Leeuwin, in 2010, seems exceptionally pure and bountiful in its expression of white peach fruit, its oak seemingly focused on a supporting role in this vintage. Acting in concert with Art Series’ firm but well integrated backbone of grapefruity acidity, classy oak grooms and underpins an exceptionally long, persistent finish. Glorious, victorious, flag-waving stuff! RRP £59.99
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (Margaret River)
A very refined, intense cedar-edged Cabernet Sauvignon of lovely persistence and perfume. Great line and length of juicy black and red currant and (red) cherry fruit well supported by fine-grained tannins. Distinguished.
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz 2010 (Margaret River)
A violet-scented very fresh, tightly wound Shiraz with crunchy and intense black and red currant fruit. All poise, perfume and structure it’s a Cabernet-makers Shiraz! And well done in that style.