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Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz 2011

Syrah/Shiraz from Margaret River, Australia
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13.9% ABV
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13.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A compote of blueberries, Satsuma plums and mulberries, laced with lifted violets, ground pepper, mocha, anise and Asian five spice. A textured palate showing great depth and intensity, it is laden with plums, dark cherries and mulberries. Subtle nuances of cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla pod are threaded throughout the palate. The palate has immense length and persistence, with definition highlighted by a silky and long tannin structure.

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JH 96
Australian Wine Companion
The fragrant red fruits of the expressive bouquet leave no doubt about the harmony and elegance of this medium-bodied wine, proceeding to taste it is barely necessary, unless it be the fine filigree of spicy tannins and a waft of new oak.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2011 Art Series Shiraz has a pretty perfume of crushed cherries, black raspberries and roses with hints of star anise, Szechuan pepper and smoky bacon. Medium-bodied with plenty of juicy black fruit flavors and complimentary spices, it has a medium level of rounded tannins and just enough acid, finishing long. Drink it now to 2018.
Rating: 90+
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Leeuwin Estate

Leeuwin Estate

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Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, Australia
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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.

Margaret River

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Home to some of Australia’s most elegant and long-living 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 Sauvignon with firm structure, mouthwatering acidity, balanced alcohol and notes of herbs and spice. Complex, age-worthy Chardonnays are another regional specialty. Also common here are refreshing blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, as well as earthy, aromatic Bordeaux red blends.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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