Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay 2009
Chardonnay from Margaret River, Australia
The nose is vibrant and concentrated with aromas of pear, hand picked peach and lime. Beneath lie layers of lemon curd and fig. Lifted frangipani, subtle cinnamon and peanut brittle provide further complexity. The palate is delicately textured with pear, ruby grapefruit and white peach. Hints of wild honey and cashew add complexity to a palate which exudes balanced weight and persistent length. An excellent vintage of Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay from Leeuwin Estate.
Australian Wine Companion - "Bright, light straw-green; the bouquet is quite complex, the palate wonderfully elegant and smooth, yet not forfeiting the complexity of the bouquet, with creamy cashew notes as well as the white stone fruit base."
The Wine Advocate - "From estate vineyards, the 2009 Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay was barrel fermented in French barriques and aged for 9 months on lees. The nose is ripe and intense, revealing notes of pink guava, melon and pineapple over cedar, preserved ginger and a whiff of mandarin peel. Full bodied, the concentrated layers of tropical flavors are nicely offset by refreshing acidity, and it has a pleasantly creamy texture. It finishes long and toasty."
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 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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