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Date Printed: 9/3/2014
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz 1999
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz 1999
(search item no. 55459)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/3/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is plum purple with an almost black core. This very weighty wine shows a powerful garden of strongly lifted spices and flowery aromas, never oaky but purely fruit derived lifting over the sturdy underlying character of red fruits; plums and ripe cherries tightly packed but with excellent potential. The palate is a forward, mouth filling mix of red fruits and plums, seamed and supported by a very subtle tannic backbone. The spiciness lingers in the mouth. This wine will grow and become more complex with age, in good cellars conditions.

"Like all of the Leeuwin wines, the Art Series Shiraz is rich and full-bodied, but because of its cool-climate origins, it never feels jammy or heavy. Toast and smoke mingle with peppery, leathery scents and ripe blackberries. Finishes with firm tannins and hints of coffee and black pepper."
-Wine Enthusiast

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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.