Mature Western Australian fine wine at The Wine Society
I’m looking forward to catching up with Sarah Knowles MW and Joanna Locke MW next month to catch up with The Wine Society’s latest Australian and Portuguese listings.
Meantime, it would be remiss of me not to give you the heads up on a Leeuwin Estate Art Series’ offer in the society’s latest Fine Wine List. It comprises several vintages of the Chardonnay (2011, 2009, 2007) and four vintages of the Cabernet Sauvignon (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008).
I’ve attended some fantastic verticals of iconic Australian wines recently, including 30 years of Eileen Hardy Chardonnay (as I write this, I’m still savouring the memory of the bottle of 2008 which I enjoyed last night). Even the oldest wines from the 1980s impressed. As for Leeuwin Estaste Art Series Chardonnay, it has a peerless reputation for ageing.
The offer is open until Sunday 2nd October while stocks last. For my reviews of these wines, follow the above hyper-links for the vintages. I’ve not written it up in these pages but the 2011 Art Series Chardonnay features among my picks from a Langtons Classification of Australian Wine in an upcoming Expert’s Choice for Decanter.
The Wine Society’s Fine Wine List includes two other white wines well worth seeking out – both great buys at under £15. Also from Western Australia, Howard Park Riesling 2010 from Great Southern will be showing some attractive development. I’ve tasted examples back to the 1990s and, with its impressive backbone of acidity, this dry Riesling is a great wine for now or the cellar.
Similarly, Anselmo Mendes Contacto Alvarinho is a top each way bet – to drink now or down the track. I snapped up a case of the 2015 at £10.95. Check out my review here.