2006 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series
Chardonnay - 750ML

  • WF 97
  • JH 97
  • WS 94
  • WE 94

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WF 97
Wine Front - Wine Front, January 2009
97 points - This was tasted a year ago at the estate but was buried in a longer post on a range of Leeuwin Estate wines - it's time it was given it's own place on the site. This wine has not been re-tasted since this note... 97 points - This was tasted a year ago at the estate but was buried in a longer post on a range of Leeuwin Estate wines - it's time it was given it's own place on the site. This wine has not been re-tasted since this note was written in January 2008.To my tastes this is as good as a young Art Series gets. It's a fantastically restrained lengthy elegant wine its mass of flavour coiled so tight and intricately that it almost presents as delicate. It tastes of grapefruit fresh-cut lemons toast sawdusty oak and green apples. It is very very long. This vintage was very cool and it has produced an exceptionally tight reserved sophisticated wine that should age for a good long time. Not in-your-face and obvious but classic. Drink 2012 - 2018 -Campbell Mattinson
JH 97
James Halliday - James Halliday, April 2009
Bright and youthful colour; a complex array of nectarine grapefruit and spice particularly cinnamon on the bouquet; the palate exhibits understated power with grilled nuts supporting the very generous yet refined level of... Bright and youthful colour; a complex array of nectarine grapefruit and spice particularly cinnamon on the bouquet; the palate exhibits understated power with grilled nuts supporting the very generous yet refined level of stone fruit and oak; the finish is staggeringly long fine and complex. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 97. To 2011"
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 2009
Harmonious complete and deftly balanced to emphasize pear green guava and spice flavors lingering effortlessly on a graceful open-textured frame. Not as dramatic as some vintages but so welcoming you want a second glass... Harmonious complete and deftly balanced to emphasize pear green guava and spice flavors lingering effortlessly on a graceful open-textured frame. Not as dramatic as some vintages but so welcoming you want a second glass. Drink now through to 2020.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, July 2010
Dramatic with opulent honeyed peach and tropical fruit notes framed by smoky hints of roasted cashew and vanilla. Despite the flamboyant personality and full-bodied richness there's also a sense of elegance and an intense... Dramatic with opulent honeyed peach and tropical fruit notes framed by smoky hints of roasted cashew and vanilla. Despite the flamboyant personality and full-bodied richness there's also a sense of elegance and an intense lingering finish. Drink now-2014 although some folks swear the Art Series will go even longer.
JJB 94
Chuck Hayward - JJ Buckley, June 2010
Straw colored with hints of yellow-gold color. Restrained yet intense high toned citrus aromas grapefruit and a touch of lightly roasted cashew nut. There is no hint of oak and no sense here that it's been anywhere near a... Straw colored with hints of yellow-gold color. Restrained yet intense high toned citrus aromas grapefruit and a touch of lightly roasted cashew nut. There is no hint of oak and no sense here that it's been anywhere near a barrel. Surprising given 100% barrel fermentation and 18 months in barrel before bottling. There is a hint of oak influence on the palate in the texture that the oak provides. Although restrained and a bit tightly wound at this point there is more to the wine on the palate than the nose. A touch of creamy citrus infused fruit shows a hint of viscosity with some lemon rind on the finish. Some minerally laced acids provide a lot of length. The Artist Series chard always demands a good dose of time to show its' true character this one might need a bit more than usual. Still a great wine from a very cool vintage.
Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country Australia
Region Western Australia
Sub-region Margaret River
Vintage 2006

Label

The “Art Series” represents Leeuwin’s most opulent & age-worthy wines from each vintage. They are identified with paintings commissioned from leading contemporary Australian artists.

Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay is aromatically complex and packed with flavor but maintains vivid acidity. The wine is fruit forward, typically citrus-driven but also showing pear and nuances of stone fruit. Oak-aging adds depth and gentle accents, such as cinnamon, but no overt woody notes. The wines easily age, and improve, for a good 15 years.

Winery

Leeuwin Estate

Leeuwin Estate is a family-owned Australian winery and one of the five founding wineries in the now famous Margaret River district of Western Australia. Formerly a cattle ranch, the property was converted to vineyards by Denis and Tricia Horgan upon the advice of legendary Napa Valley winemaker Robert Mondavi when he visited Australia and saw the estate’s potential as being ideal for the production of premium wines.

The estate enjoyed its first commercial vintage in 1979 and was quickly thrust into the international spotlight when Decanter Magazine gave its highest recommendation to the 1980 "Art Series" Chardonnay. Leeuwin now exports to 30 markets. The estate releases wines under the Art Series, Prelude Vineyards and Siblings labels.

Celebrating the combination of fine wine, food, art and music, Leeuwin features an award winning restaurant, cellar door and art gallery. The estate is renowned for staging spectacular events and welcoming visitors from around the world.