Color is straw green, bright and almost luminous. This wine displays lifted pristine Margaret River Chardonnay fruit typical of the Leeuwin vineyard. The well integrated bouquet has ripe pear skin, figs, and nutty cashews. The subtle integration of French oak provides vanilla notes to this perfumed Chardonnay. Medium in weight, due to the cool ripening period the wine displays deceptive length and mouth filling structure. The palate shows fresh and vibrant pears, tangy grapefruit and peaches, with the balanced citrus acid giving the wine a delicious elegance and youthfulness. An excellent vintage for Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay, this wine will lend itself to cellaring for a number of years.
"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. Screwcap."
Australian Wine Companion
"Open-textured, polished and generous with its white peach-scented pear and green pineapple flavors, lingering gently but persistently. Drink now through 2015. 800 cases imported."
"The 2007 Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay was fermented in French oak after which it spent 9 months in new French oak. The wine was not put through malolactic fermentation. It displays a bouquet of toasty oak, minerals, pear, baked apples and baking spices. Medium-bodied with vibrant natural acidity, this well-balanced Chardonnay will drink well for 5-6 years."
The Wine Advocate
"Greenish yellow. Spicy pear and lime on the nose, with suave basil and floral honey qualities adding complexity. Sappy, round orchard and citrus fruit flavors pack good punch and pick up gentle lees and toasted grain notes with air. A spicy quality adds energy to the long, juicy finish."
International Wine Cellar