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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2005
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 95506)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $68.99

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
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
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is a brilliant green straw. The fresh nose is classic Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay, with intensely lifted aromas of ripe yellow pear skins, the petals of citrus blossom, nectarine and ripe peach accompanied by hints of fig and cashews from barrel maturation on yeast lees with integrated charry French oak. These flavours combine into a finely balanced bouquet; the result of very low yielding vines matched with subtle winemaking to preserve the richness of the fruit.

The palate displays the mouth filling and intense flavors of fresh ripe pears which is full bodied and incredibly rich, intermingling with delicious stone fruit flavors and nectarine. The middle palate shows richness from both the fruit and the lees stirring, with a lingering fresh citrus finish. The new French oak complements the fruit, providing a wonderful balance of warm toasty flavors on the finish.

The structure of this wine highlights both the power of a typical multi-layered Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay with an underlying elegance.

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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.