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2016 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay

2016 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay

'The closest thing, stylistically, to Burgundy — Grand Cru Burgundy — I have seen in an Australian chardonnay. The combination of power, intensity, palate length and precision stamps it as something special. All I can do is give it 99-plus.'
99+ Points - Ray Jordan

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13.5%
Cellar to 2030
Margaret River
2016
750ml
13.5%
Cellar to 2030
Margaret River
2016
750ml
THE BRIEF
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • When Penfolds began to create a white wine of the stature and image of Grange, several people asked why they didn't just buy Leeuwin Estate. Arguably Australia's leading white wine, Leeuwin's chardonnay is an explosive mouthful of concentrated, creamy Margaret River chardonnay enhanced with excellent oak. It's our best cellaring chardonnay as well.'
    Jeremy Oliver

    Few stories can be told about modern Australian wine without mentioning the amazing rise of Margaret River, and Leeuwin Estate as a pioneer. Founded by Denis and Tricia Horgan in 1979, it is the star estate of Margaret River's southern area; with a particular pedigree in its famed Chardonnay, but also relatively recent acclaim for Cabernet and Shiraz.

    Hotly anticipated, this year's 2016 release of the Art Series Chardonnay comes with it one of the most praiseworthy reviews for an Australian wine in living memory. Thanks to Ray Jordan , and the Western Australian Newspaper on the 23rd of March 2019, who said it was 'Australia's greatest white wine' very little else need be said about this wine. Well, other than the fact, that this might be one of the most collectible and in demands Australian wines in living memory, so you best stock up quick.

    Take it away Ray:
    "It is a game changer. And it has given me a problem. You see, I gave the 2015 chardonnay 99 points, my highest score for an Australian white wine on release. But the problem now is that the 2016 is a better wine. I don't believe any wine has achieved perfection, but this one pushes it mighty close. So, all I can do is give it 99-plus .

    For me, the 2016 Leeuwin is the closest thing, stylistically, to Burgundy Grand Cru Burgundy I have seen in an Australian chardonnay. The combination of power, intensity, palate length and precision stamps it as something special. A little element of Puligny, Chassagne, with more than a decent hit of Margaret River. Deciding to give it 99-plus wasn't taken lightly. I was pretty sure after the first taste a few weeks ago, surer after sharing a bottle with friends and finally convinced after a third assessment, when I tasted it several times over 24 hours to see how it opened up.

    Leeuwin winemaker Tim Lovett described the vintage as "remarkable and spectacular" and a tribute to the underpinning contribution of the famous Blocks 20 and 22 that continue to lay the foundation for Art Series chardonnays." See what we mean...

  • Cool destemmed fruit with some skin contact. The juice was settled for 3 days, racked and inoculated with yeast. 100% of the juice was barrel fermented in new French oak barriques and the lees stirred regularly. After 11 months in barrels the various components were blended, fined, cold stabilized and bottled.

    Variety: 100% Chardonnay
    Alcohol %: 13.5%
    Average Brix: 23.0 to 23.5
    Oak Maturation: 11 months
    Final pH:
    Final Acid: 7.80G/L
    Bottling Date: 22/08/17 to 25/08/17
    Release Date: 01.04.2019
    Cellaring Potential: 15 - 20 years

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    The nose is energetic, precise and finite with remarkable clarity and purity. Lime, lemon pith, grapefruit and Nashi pear are the hallmark fruits present. Delicate notes of jasmine, cardamom pod, flint, wet stone, blanched almonds and rice wafer give subtle complexity in the background. The shape and frame of the palate is the highlight; volume, combined with length and a mineral acid line threaded in between. Grapefruit, pear and lemon are set in the foreground amongst nougat, brioche, cinnamon and graphite. Wine with incredible poise and presence, with a long life ahead.

  • In 1972, Denis and Tricia Horgan contacted famous American winemaker Robert Mondavi to help them with their plans to turn their cattle farm into a highly respected Margaret River wine producer. The winery enjoyed its first commercial vintage in 1979. Since that time the Horgans and Leeuwin Estate have made an astounding contribution to Australian wine, most particularly with their Art Series Chardonnay that is still widely considered to be amongst the best this country produces. Recent vintages have also seen their Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon also jump ahead leaps and bounds. Today Leeuwin Estate is also very well known for the excellent concerts held on their grassy knoll directly below the cellar door which draw thousands of visitors every year.

  • 99 POINTS

    RAY JORDAN


    A marvellous wine that continues to mark the subtle shift to a style of more elegance and minerally finesse. There is such gorgeous texture and middle palate complexity here, with precise delivery through to a very long finish. Spices with floral notes, a touch savoury and understated mealiness that is part of this wine's DNA. What a fitting wine to mark the 50th anniversary of Leeuwin Estate. (Best drinking: Now to 2032).'

    97 POINTS

    DECANTER


    2016 was an outstanding year, with an early, fine summer with daily sea breezes. Slightly above-average January and February temperatures were offset by a welcome 90mm of January rain. Markedly floral, there's a white blossom character to both nose and back-palate. It's a concentrated wine with gently granular fresh and dried pear notes, accompanied by silkier white peach. Succulent, ripe lemony acidity is well integrated and gently sheathed by nougat-inflected creamy lees. Lovely lithe mouthfeel and beautiful harmony.'