Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz 1999
Syrah/Shiraz from Margaret River, Australia
The color is plum purple with an almost black core. This very weighty wine shows a powerful garden of strongly lifted spices and flowery aromas, never oaky but purely fruit derived lifting over the sturdy underlying character of red fruits; plums and ripe cherries tightly packed but with excellent potential. The palate is a forward, mouth filling mix of red fruits and plums, seamed and supported by a very subtle tannic backbone. The spiciness lingers in the mouth. This wine will grow and become more complex with age, in good cellars conditions.
"Like all of the Leeuwin wines, the Art Series Shiraz is rich and full-bodied, but because of its cool-climate origins, it never feels jammy or heavy. Toast and smoke mingle with peppery, leathery scents and ripe blackberries. Finishes with firm tannins and hints of coffee and black pepper."
Leeuwin Estate Winery
After an extensive search in 1972 to identify the most suitable Australian area for the production of premium varietal wines, Robert Mondavi singled out a small plot of land in the Margaret River region. At the time a cattle farm, Leeuwin Esate evolved under the direction of owners Denis and Tricia Horgan, with Mondavi acting as a consultant and mentor. The initial vineyards were planted by hand over a five year period from 1975, with the state-of-the-art winery opened in 1978. In 1979, Leeuwin Estate had their first commercial vintage. Today, Leeuwin Estate maintains a team of highly-skilled and dedicated winemakers, under the direction of two generations of the founding family, exporting to over 30 countries. View all Leeuwin Estate WinesLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.