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Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz 2012

Syrah/Shiraz from Margaret River, Australia
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14.3% ABV
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3.9 11 Ratings
14.3% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Fragrant and lifted, the nose has density of fruit, balanced heightened floral notes, with complex spice and oak. Mulberries and blueberries feature with violets and rose petals. Asian five spice, caramel, vanilla bean and cocoa sit in the background. A finely woven palate that leads to opulent texture through the middle, finishing with generous length and carefully tuned tannins. Again, mulberries and blueberries are the key fruits, which are met with structural oak giving direction and carry. All elements are threaded with a bright and balanced line.

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JH 95
Australian Wine Companion
Has a bit of swagger about it. It's meaty and shot with pure, ripe plum flavour but while the tannin is velvety and well integrated it flexes its muscle from the mid-palate onwards, inspiring confidence in the process. You're in sure hands here. Clove, leaf and spice notes play a role, though in general the wine presents as seamless
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Ripe cherries and mulberries, with plums, a touch of pepper and violets opens the 2012 Shiraz Art Series, which displays a youthful deep garnet-purple color. Elegant, with good intensity and spice, this Shiraz expresses vanilla on its perfumed palate. The wine possesses lovely, ripe rounded tannins that line the long finish. Rating: 90+ Points.
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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.

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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.

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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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