Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz 2010
Syrah/Shiraz from Margaret River, Australia
Fragrant and concentrated, the nose is defined by a dark fruit spectrum of forest fruits, cherries and mulberries in the forefront, with complementary layers of anise, cloves and savory oak in the background. Violets, mocha notes, toasted brulee and hints of fresh camphor provides further substance to this classical and complex Shiraz. A bright and lively entry features blood plums, mulberries and dark chocolate. The palate shows great intensity, while displaying elegance and sophistication. A textured and layered mid-palate leads to structural chalky tannins, with a fine yet balanced natural acid line.
International Wine Cellar - "Bright purple. Lively dark berry and violet aromas are lifted by a peppery element. Sappy, focused and nicely concentrated, offering fresh blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that pick up an exotic floral quality with air. Closes on a gently sweet note, with very good length and silky tannins making a late appearance."
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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