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. "
The Wine Advocate - "The medium garnet colored 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Art Series shows evolving notes of dried mulberries, potpourri, exotic spices and cloves. With good concentration and superb persistence on the palate, this is a wonderfully structured, earthier styled Cabernet with great cellaring potential yet."
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."
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
Leeuwin Estate, one of the founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district of Western Australia was established in 1973 with its mission statement to: "Produce wines that rank with the best in the world through the pursuit of excellence".
In 1972, legendary Napa Valley winemaker, Robert Mondavi, first identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard as being ideal for the production of premium wine and provided early mentorship to owners, Denis and Tricia Horgan in the establishment of Leeuwin Estate. The first vines were planted by hand over a five year period from 1973.
Featuring state-of-the art facilities, the winery building was opened in 1978, celebrating with a trial vintage. Leeuwin enjoyed its first commercial vintage in 1979, and was thrust into the international spotlight when Decanter Magazine gave its highest recommendation to the 1980 "Art Series" Chardonnay in an international blind tasting.
Maintaining a team of highly skilled and dedicated winemakers, Leeuwin Estate is now under the direction of two generations of the founding family. View all Leeuwin Estate Wines
About Margaret RiverView a map of Margaret River wineries Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. Other varieties that have found results are Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, 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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