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Date Printed: 11/21/2014
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
(search item no. 60766)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $48.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2008 Decanter rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2002 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Varieties: 85.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 3.5% Petit Verdot

A Margaret River powerhouse, this Cabernet is made to be long lived with ample fruit and a sturdy frame. Oft described as "Bordeaux-like", the core of its fruit comes from 25-year-old vines grown in well-drained, gravelly, granite-derived soils.

The Art Series represents Leeuwin's finest wines from each vintage. The winemakers have always selected the optimum fruit, transforming it into Leeuwin's highest quality wines for this label. They are identified with paintings commissioned from leading contemporary Australian artists.

Medium ruby in color. This wine exhibits classic Cabernet flavors of cassis and red currants intermingled with plums and chocolate. A complex wine displaying well integrated components. Sweet fruit of rich, ripe red currant is complemented by soft fine-grained tannin and creamy French oak. A wine of medium weight that will improve in the medium term. Will pair well with red beef or cheddar cheeses.

"Medium red. Lively aromas of raspberry, currant and chocolate. Sweet, dense and deep, with vibrant raspberry and currant flavors sweetened by subtle oakiness. A full, rich wine with nicely integrated acidity. Finishes long and subtle, with very fine tannins, a suggestion of chocolatey oak, and lingering sweet fruit. A very good showing."
-International Wine Cellar

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About Leeuwin Estate:

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.