Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from Margaret River, Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
A dark cherry color with crimson hue. A lifted bouquet of bright red cherries, currants and blood plums complemented with complex star anise and clove. Beneath, the nose is well supported with dusty oak and hints of aromatic violets and lavender. The palate is vibrant and expressive with subtle texture featuring red cherries and boysenberry. Diligent handling of oak exudes savory notes of slight char combined with delicate cinnamon and nutmeg. A fine, yet balanced acidity line draws together all components leading to a finish that is both structural and complementary.
"Bright crimson; a super-elegant, refined shiraz, with bright — indeed brisk — red berry flavours, fine tannins and subtle oak. Needs to build a bit more flesh, that will appear in due course."
Australian Wine Companion
"Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Art Series Shiraz displays tantalizing scents of kirsch, blackberry preserves and spice cake with suggestions of smoked bacon and yeast extract plus a whiff of Provence herbs. Medium-bodied with just enough blackberry and savory flavors, it has a medium level of grainy tannins and crisp acid, finishing long and spicy."
The Wine Advocate
"Bright ruby. Highly aromatic nose displays dark berry preserves, potpourri and cracked pepper. Lush, creamy blackberry and blueberry flavors are enlivened by peppery spices and firmed by velvety tannins. The sappy finish clings with very good intensity and features sweet dark fruit and floral nuances."
International Wine Cellar
Light & Fruity
Ok, but not impressive. It's a little to light bodied for my taste
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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...
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Located in the southwest area of Western Australia, the country's largest state, Margaret River wine growing region is on a peninsula jutting out into the Indian Ocean. The climate is reminiscent of Bordeaux in some ways, leading many winemakers to plant grapes of that nature, such as Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. Other varieties that have found results are Chardonnay & Riesling.
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(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...
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