Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Australia
The bouquet is a marriage of classical Cabernet characters of cherries and blackcurrants. Bay leaf, dried sage, anise and roasted coffee bean aromas add depth on the nose. A gentle entry leads to a generously textured mid palate, finishing fine, with long and silky tannins. Classical blackcurrant and cherry fruits meet with dusty well integrated oak. Subtleties of cloves, anise and cumin seed are also woven throughout the palate.
Australian Wine Companion - "Vivid deep crimson; restrained and understated, the bouquet offers a tantalizing glimpse of red and black fruits, cigar box and a little briary complexity; the palate is finely detailed, and while elegant, contains its inherent power and longevity with ease."
Decanter - "Fresh sea breeze nose. Liquorice and a lovely intensity of berries, dried raspberries and vanilla. Lovely, young vibrancy to this, which gives a perfect texture in the mouth and long aftertaste. Happy to drink this now, but it will age; the fruit keeps coming back and tantalising my taste buds. "
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby-red. Lively and precise on the nose, displaying scents of red- and blackcurrant, cherry, tobacco and rose. Juicy and tightly focused, with very good depth and energy to its red fruit and spicecake flavors. Shows a refreshingly bitter quality on the finish, along with suave floral and red fruit preserve notes."
Wine & Spirits - "This Cabernet grows within four miles of the Indian Ocean, where the ancient granitic soild have weathered into well-drained gravels. There may be no karri forests in Bordeaux, but the proximity to the sea and the gravelly soils find some interesting parallels for this Cabernet, which develops here into a plump red with cool scents of the neighboring forest. The flavors range from blackberry to caraway and the gaminess of partridge, with which it would likely match well as it ages."
The Wine Advocate - "Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2008 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon is scented of creme de cassis, mulberries, pencil lead and cloves over nuances of sandalwood and cinnamon stick. Medium-bodied with crisp acid and a medium level of very finely grained tannins, it fills the mouth with evolved berry and savory / earthy flavors, finishing long and layered. Approachable now, it should continue to cellar to 2019+.
Wine Spectator - "This smooth, broad red shows a welcome mineral note weaving through the cherry and spice flavors, lingering effectively on the generous finish. Best from 2014 through 2018. 200 cases imported. "
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Leeuwin Estate Winery
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. View all Leeuwin Estate Wines
About Margaret RiverView a map of Margaret River wineries Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. Other varieties that have found results are Chardonnay & Riesling.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.