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Date Printed: 4/20/2014
Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay 2008
Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay 2008
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $35.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
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
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose displays apple pie, ripe pear, melon and some brioche characters which combine to give intense aromas. The wine is medium to full bodied with ripe pear skin, custard tart with a silky creaminess driven by the purity of the pear and melon fruit. The creaminess gives way to a tight and long acid structure which gives the wine backbone and provides its impeccable length.
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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.