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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 1996
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 1996
(search item no. 20306)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The colour is a brilliant pale yellow with tints of green. The nose shows freshly cut yellow fleshed peaches with some underlying subtle barrel fermentation characters.

The palate is rich and full, though tightly structured, showing a combination of poached stone fruit and sweet grapefruit flavours. The wine will develop well over the next few years and the flavours will meld into a soft, clearly varietal Margaret River chardonnay.

Ideal to accompany fish, particularly whiting and shellfish as it matures, and then any full flavoured white meat.

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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.