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Date Printed: 10/24/2014
Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay 2000
Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay 2000
(search item no. 55753)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $40.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color 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 flavors. The wine will develop over the years and the flavors will meld into a soft, clearly varietal Margaret River chardonnay. Ideal to accompany fish and shellfish or any full flavored white meat.

Alcohol: 14.0% by volume

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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.