Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2004
Chardonnay from Margaret River, Australia
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
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 complex nose is typical Leeuwin, with lifted aromas of dried pear and ripe peach accompanied by hints of cashews and integrated French oak. This finely balanced bouquet is the result of low-yielding vines, premium quality oak and gentle winemaking techniques to preserve the richness of the fruit.
Intense flavors of dried pears and citrus are evident on the palate, with richness from regular lees stirring during maturation. New French oak is in perfect harmony with the powerful fruit, adding complexity and structure wihtout overpowering the delicate subtleties. The finish, always a feature of Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay, is long and full-flavored.
"The fruit literally sings, appropriate given Leeuwin's annual concerts; white peach, nectarine and grapefruit are the sopranos, barrel ferment and mlf the orchestra behind, the result seamless but synergistic."
Australian Wine Companion
"Smooth, round and polished, balanced with lively acidity. A generous mouthful of gooseberry-accented apple and cream flavors, beautifully integrated and long on the finish. Has integrity and depth. Should develop well with bottle age. Drink now through 2016."
"Light gold. Intensely mineral aromas of iodine-accented peach, melon, anise, marzipan and nougat. Lush, expansive and powerful stone fruit and melon flavors really stain the palate, picking up licorice and citrus pith notes on the back. This is more linear and taut than a bottle of the superb 2002 showed recently, and has the balance to reward at least six years of cellaring. It seems to have more energy, too. As usual, one of the best Australian chardonnays of the year."
International Wine Cellar
"The 2004 Chardonnay "Art Series" was aged for 18 months in 100% new oak with no
malolactic fermentation. It offers a classic Puligny aromatic profile of mineral, butterscotch, white
peach, spiced apple, and poached pear. This leads to a streamlined Chardonnay with its oak totally
integrated, ripe, elegant flavors, outstanding depth and concentration, and a long, pure finish. It
will evolve for 2-3 years and drink well for up to a decade as a recent taste of the 1987 (92 points)
demonstrates. Leeuwin Estate is one of the benchmark wineries of Western Australia. Both reds
and whites exhibit cool climate character and European elegance."
The Wine Advocate
"There’s substantial fruit concentration in this citrus-scented chardonnay, along with
some tannins from oak age. It has a firm, sandy feel with flavors of pine nuts and lemon curd. This
vintage of Art Series will mature over ten years or more."
Wine & Spirits
"For many years now, the Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnays have rated among the very best of Australian offerings and are highly regarded on the world stage as well. So, when it turned out that we liked this wine but did not worship at its very feet, we were a little bit surprised. To be sure, it has solid fruit and convincing potential for further development in the bottle, but its range is not as grand as other vintages. It was tasted both here and there with very similar notes, and we also were able to taste a vertical of Art Series Chardonnays at the winery and came away greatly impressed. Indeed, the entire visit to Leeuwin was impressive with big scores going to the Art Series Cabernet and to the Art Series Shiraz. In fact, we gave higher points in those tastings to the 2003 and 2005 Art Series Chards than to this one. We apologize for seeming to damn with faint praise because this bottling is a very good wine in its own right."
My wife and I took a wine tasting course at the French Culinary Institute in New York. This was one of the tasting wines....we were overwhelmed at the rich smoothness of this elegant vintage. Bright fruit forward taste with a lingering and still fresh finish. Find a dear old friend and show up with this bottle. Enjoy it and the company!
We discovered this bottle on our last day in Margaret River. My wife and I hardly ever agree on Chardonnay. I like a rich Oakey flavor, she prefers an unoaked vintage. Once we sampled this bottle at the cellar door, we shared one word.... WOW. Although aged in french oak for 18 mos, it is hardly overpowering. A very generous bouquet, very rich intertwining flavors with hints of pear and ripe peach, nutty accents, and a light citrus finish. Get your local dealer to pick up a case. Mine keeps a bottle and sells me the rest. Enjoy!
Learn About Leeuwin Estate Map It
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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Learn About Margaret River
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.
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White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...
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