2008 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series
Chardonnay - 750ML
  • JH 96
  • IWC 93
  • WA 93

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JH 96
James Halliday, November 2011
Still pale quartz-green; the finesse of Art Series Chardonnay when it is young is every bit as enjoyable as is the complexity it gains after six or seven years in bottle (under screwcap) its future still assured. We know... Still pale quartz-green; the finesse of Art Series Chardonnay when it is young is every bit as enjoyable as is the complexity it gains after six or seven years in bottle (under screwcap) its future still assured. We know that good bottles from the mid-1980s are still glorious although most are now a shadow of their former selves. What we don't really know is how long the wines such as this live and flourish under screwcap.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2011
Light bright yellow. Fresh citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complicated by white flowers iodine toasty lees and butter. Smoky penetrating orange and pear flavors are complemented by deeper suggestions of honey and... Light bright yellow. Fresh citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complicated by white flowers iodine toasty lees and butter. Smoky penetrating orange and pear flavors are complemented by deeper suggestions of honey and sweet butter with a firm mineral element adding spine. Finishes with very good breadth and length the smoke and iodine notes repeating. This wine has a great track record for aging as a recent bottle of 2001 showed; it was spicy intensely floral and deep in orchard fruit flavors with only a hint of the nuttiness that I expect in decade-old chardonnay. It has years of life ahead of it. 93+
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2016
The 2008 Chardonnay Art Series shows signs of maturing fruit and a nice meatiness, with marmite and earth hints over core of apple tart and beeswax, as well as honeyed toast. Medium-bodied and elegant in the mature mouth... The 2008 Chardonnay Art Series shows signs of maturing fruit and a nice meatiness, with marmite and earth hints over core of apple tart and beeswax, as well as honeyed toast. Medium-bodied and elegant in the mature mouth, it appears to have "peaked" but should still hold-up over the next few years. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country Australia
Region Western Australia
Sub-region Margaret River
Vintage 2008

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.