2007 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series
Chardonnay - 750ML

  • WF 96
  • JH 96
  • WA 95
  • WS 94
  • IWC 93
  • WE 93
  • W&S 90

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WF 96
Wine Front - Wine Front, March 2010
Classic Leeuwin dried pear with nectarine and plenty of spicy oak (that's already looking unusually well integrated at such an early age I might add) and savoury toasty flavours. There's a particularly strong hazelnut... Classic Leeuwin dried pear with nectarine and plenty of spicy oak (that's already looking unusually well integrated at such an early age I might add) and savoury toasty flavours. There's a particularly strong hazelnut flavour here too that I really enjoy. It has very fine acidity and just a little warmth but the weight and power smooths it out admirably. And yet for all that it's not a heavy wine either and has a dashing sense of finesse and elan. Length is exemplary with a spicy aftertaste. A top vintage no doubt.
JH 96
James Halliday - James Halliday, February 2010
Pale bright straw-green; fragrant grapefruit melon and white peach aromas the oak subtle and integrated are followed by an exceptionally intense and long palate the alcohol lost in the sea of flavour.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2010
Around 3000 cases of the flagship Art Series Chardonnay are produced with Leeuwin Estate blocks 20 22 96 and 97 contributing to the blend (all Gin-Gin / Mendoza clone). It is all barrel fermented in 100% new French oak... Around 3000 cases of the flagship Art Series Chardonnay are produced with Leeuwin Estate blocks 20 22 96 and 97 contributing to the blend (all Gin-Gin / Mendoza clone). It is all barrel fermented in 100% new French oak where it usually remains for around 12 months. The 2007 Art Series Chardonnay was still youthfully mute revealing a moderate intensity of peaches oatmeal chalk lemon zest ginger anise and jasmine with the oak barely perceptible in the background. Rich ripe full bodied yet wonderfully structured with crisp acidity and a real minerality this beauty has a very long finish with the oak integration already nearly seamless. Consider drinking it from 2013 to 2020+. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, July 2010
Polished focused fresh and vibrant with a subtle interplay of pear hazelnut tropical fruit and tobacco aromas and flavors mingling effectively and gaining in intensity as the finish persists. Seamless and inviting this... Polished focused fresh and vibrant with a subtle interplay of pear hazelnut tropical fruit and tobacco aromas and flavors mingling effectively and gaining in intensity as the finish persists. Seamless and inviting this should age beautifully. Drink now through 2020. -HS
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2010
Light hazy yellow. Expressive high-pitched aromas of lemon zest orange dried fig and talc plus a hint of white pepper; picks up notes of allspice and mace with air. Taut and sharply focused offering fresh citrus flavors... Light hazy yellow. Expressive high-pitched aromas of lemon zest orange dried fig and talc plus a hint of white pepper; picks up notes of allspice and mace with air. Taut and sharply focused offering fresh citrus flavors and deeper notes of bitter apple skin and marzipan. A dusty mineral quality carries through the long chewy faintly sweet finish. Offers an impressive interplay of liveliness and depth. -Josh Raynolds
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, February 2011
One of Australia's benchmark Chardonnays continues its roll offering up opulent scents of vanilla peach and mango. Tropical fruit and toasty oak flavors are easily carried by a lush full-bodied delivery system that seems... One of Australia's benchmark Chardonnays continues its roll offering up opulent scents of vanilla peach and mango. Tropical fruit and toasty oak flavors are easily carried by a lush full-bodied delivery system that seems to unfold kaleidoscopically on the palate finishing long and multilayered. On the conservative side drink now-2015. J.C.
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, October 2010
2007 Margaret River Art Series Chardonnay The platinum color and fine pear-like scent show the restraint in this chardonnay. Oak dominates the flavors for now with cinnamon and caramel notes that last in the finish. But... 2007 Margaret River Art Series Chardonnay The platinum color and fine pear-like scent show the restraint in this chardonnay. Oak dominates the flavors for now with cinnamon and caramel notes that last in the finish. But the core of the wine-juicy pear nectarine and loquat-has a freshness that will turn that oak toward minerality with bottle age. Hints of it are already there.
JJB 94
Chuck Hayward - JJ Buckley, March 2011
Pale straw in color with slightly yellow hue. Closed at first the bouquet opens slowly to reveal fresh grapefruit lemon rind toast and almond framed by hints of banana and pear. The palate however explodes with texture as... Pale straw in color with slightly yellow hue. Closed at first the bouquet opens slowly to reveal fresh grapefruit lemon rind toast and almond framed by hints of banana and pear. The palate however explodes with texture as light to medium bodied flavors of citrus and pear are woven through constrained and focused. Compared to previous vintages that showed more opulence this wine follows the current trend in Australia towards leaner profiles. Two to three years of cellaring are essential to allow this wine gain its traditional richness and display its distinct minerality and peak maturity should arrive in ten years.
Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country Australia
Region Western Australia
Sub-region Margaret River
Vintage 2007

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.