Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Australia
Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
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.
"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."
Australian Wine Companion
"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.
"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."
International Wine Cellar
"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."
Wine & Spirits
"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+.
The Wine Advocate
"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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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...
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Located in the southwest area of Western Australia, the country's largest state, Margaret River wine growing region is on a peninsula jutting out into the Indian Ocean. The climate is reminiscent of Bordeaux in some ways, leading many winemakers to plant grapes of that nature, such as Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. Other varieties that have found results are Chardonnay & Riesling.
Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...
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