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.
The Siblings label celebrates the family lineage of Leeuwin, with three generations of the founding family now leaving their footprints on the Estate.
All the fruit was fermented in open fermenters with 15% being whole bunches to extend the fermentation time. Open fermenters were plunged and pumped over daily and the wine run to new, one and two year old barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine underwent malolactic in barrels and after six months the various components were blended and aged in barrels for a further twelve months. After assemblage the wine was fined and readied for bottling.
Concentrated red cherries, mulberries and blueberries dominate the nose. There is cocoa, coffee bean, oak char black cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and lifted violets that are well positioned in the background. The palate is rich and layered with dark cherries, boysenberries and blueberries. Structural mocha-like tannins scroll to the back palate with subtle hints of anise, which is balanced with an elegant and bouyant acid line.
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.
NED GOODWIN - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Mid-weighted and exuberant of floral scents, rose-water, blueberry and iodine, with a smear of olive tapenade melding with peppery acidity. The finish is long and gentle, with well judged astringency reflecting a sensitive winemaking hand. This is fresher, more poised and less ambitious than its Art Series sibling.'
Deep red/purple colour. The bouquet is sweetly ripe with pepper-spice high notes and lots of charm. It's medium to full-bodied, with fine persistent tannins and good balance. Good value.'