We can’t begin to tell you how excited we are that we can now access Leeuwin’s iconic wines. If you tasted Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon blind, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in St Julien or Pauillac. There is such poise and well crafted structure to the wine which lift and punctuate the stony, blueberry fruit just perfectly. The main difference is that if you were in St Julien and Pauillac, drinking a wine of this quality, you’d be paying much more! 2017 was a slightly cooler vintage and the expressive fragrance of the wine both on the nose and the palate is fantastic. The bunches are berry sorted and undergo a 5-day cold soak at 10 degrees. Lots of gravel in the soil and lots of small berries amongst the bunches, part in thanks to the vines being amongst the original plantings and partly thanks to the zero-irrigation practiced, bring a unique and effortless balance and concentration. It’s quite remarkable to see such power combined with such focus and definition. The 50% new oak is perfectly judged. Whilst the Chardonnay grabs all the headlines and glory, this seems to be a wine that the shrewdies will latch on to, for its sheer class and quality. Drink from 2024.
We also have a further selection of Leeuwin Estate’s fantastic Art Series wine available here.
“Brilliantly deep, brooding red/purple colour. The bouquet is fresh and vibrant, with loads of cassis, violet and blackberry varietal fruit, expertly infused with cedary oak notes. The wine is very intense and powerful, full-bodied and well structured, the cassis flavours rocketing through on the very extended finish and aftertaste. A majestic cabernet.” – 97 Points, Huon Hooke, the Real Review on the release of Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2017.