Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2010
Chardonnay from Margaret River, Australia
A deceptively complex and incredibly youthful nose that features cut pear, fresh quince and lemon blossom. A savoury line is also evident with sesame brittle, cinnamon stick, rice wafer and hints of cornmeal. On the palate, woven layers of intense white fleshed fruits, diligent oak handling and effortless texture meet seamlessly and are driven by a mineral saline acid spine. Pears, grapefruit and white nectarine are the key fruits of the palate, which is focused with remarkable length and possesses amazing longevity.
James Suckling - "A very assertive nose that has a gently flinty edge, some nicely handled oak and hints of pithy lemon across more peachy stone fruits, tropical hints and a chalky element. Very fresh and tightly wound. The palate is very composed in style, with great depth and oak integration. Long and powerful but quite sleek through the middle. This is tightly coiled for now and releases a slow-burning grilled-nut flavor through the finish. The Aston Martin of chardonnay, with sleek lines and plenty of power under the bonnet. Better in 2018."
Wine Spectator - "Aromatically tight, but expansive and expressive in the mouth, pouring out its pear, green guava and fig flavors in a generous stream, with glints of spice. Comes together smoothly on a deftly balanced frame to let the finish sail on and on."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 Art Series Chardonnay is redolent of warm peaches, toasted almonds and apple tart with hints of cedar and wet pebbles. Medium to full-bodied and very concentrated with layers of stone fruit, toast and nut flavors, it has a lively backbone of acidity, satiny texture and long finish.
Australian Wine Companion - "Pale green-gold; a restrained bouquet offering pure grapefruit and cashew aromas, yet revealing little at this point in time; the palate reveals a swathe of pure fruit, showing a vintage of purity rather than complexity, the latent power is held in check by linear acidity well-handled French oak; long, expansive and absolutely in keeping with the lineage that precedes it."
International Wine Cellar - "Pale, green hued-yellow. A pungent, mineral-driven bouquet exudes orange zest, fresh pear, lemongrass and chamomile, with a note of iodine coming up with air. Deeply pitched, taut orchard fruit and mineral flavors stain the palate, with zesty minerality providing lift. The iodine note repeats on the finish, which leaves suave mineral and floral notes behind. Noteworthy for its blend of power and finesse; this bottling's track record for aging is very impressive"
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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.