Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
The “Art Series” represents Leeuwin’s most opulent & ageworthy wines from each vintage. They are identified with paintings commissioned from leading contemporary Australian artists.
A dark and dense nose of blue and blackberries dominate the nose, complimented by a lifted and fragrant aromatic profile. Perfumed violets amongst black cardamom, olive, anise, cloves, and bay leaf provide subtle and classical layers. The palate has concentration, depth, and poise set with a blackberry, cherry and mulberry fruit spectrum. Layers and contours unfold into cassia, cocoa, and coffee beans through the mid-palate. There is a vibrancy and seamless structure given a finely laced acid line and gravelly tannins.
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
This is both Leeuwin and Margaret River at their best. This classic wine is drinking beautifully now, but could still withstand bottle age. The nose is open and expressive: bright currant fruit, dried tobacco leaf, rose petals, and an umami savoriness lift from the glass. There’s elegance and finesse on the palate amidst Cab’s characteristically powerful tannins, which, in this case, are closely knitted and chalky textured. The fruit crunches while a herbal thread laces it all together. Drink now through 2034.
Deep, youthfully bright ruby. Ripe cherry, cassis, pipe tobacco, candied rose and vanilla qualities on the intensely perfumed nose; a smoky mineral overtone lends urgency. Densely packed dark fruit liqueur, floral pastille and spicecake flavors are supported by a spine of zesty acidity that adds back-end lift and cut. Conveys a suave blend of depth and vivacity and finishes sweet and extremely persistent, with well-knit tannins and lingering cherry, woodsmoke and floral notes.
At first, the fresh herbs, such as eucalyptus and mint, really captivate, but this turns into blue fruits such as blackcurrants and blueberries. A hint of pine needles and mahogany, too. The palate has the answer to the punchy acidity as it shows a nice serving of fruit. This finishes chewy. Drink in 2021.
Stylish, fresh and vibrant, with taut cherry and currant flavors at the core, accented by notes of pepper, tobacco and fresh herb. Finds a balance between density and polish. Cigar box details linger on the finish. Drink now through 2030.
Smooth and saturated with clean, dark currant fruit, this holds gentle brightness in a soft, mature cabernet. It’s supple and ready to drink, a wine for braised lamb.
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.
Home to some of Australia’s most elegant and long-lived red and white wines, Margaret River is situated in the farthest reaches of Western Australia. Relatively warm and dry, the region is cooled by breezes from the Indian Ocean. Margaret River takes some inspiration from Bordeaux, producing top-quality Cabernet Sauvignons and Bordeaux Blends with firm structure, mouthwatering acidity, balanced alcohol and notes of herbs and spice. For white wines, refreshing blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon as well as complex, age-worthy Chardonnays are regional specialties.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.