The Prelude Vineyards label focuses on the benchmark varietals of the region and represent the first release Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from Leeuwin Estate each vintage. They are site expressive wines that encase the purity and clarity of fruit with a style that is readily expressive for earlier release. The label celebrates the Estate's association with the musical arts through the staging of the alfresco Leeuwin Concert Series.
Cool crushed fruit with some skin contact. The juice was settled for 3 days, racked, and underwent fermentation both with inoculated yeast and naturally. 100% of the juice was barrel fermented in French Coopered barriques, with 40% being new and the lees stirred regularly. After 9 months in barrels, individual parcels were blended, fined, cold stabilised and bottled.
Lifted and fragrant with an abundance of white nectarines, lime curd, Nashi pears and baby peaches. Heightened with notes of jasmine, lemon blossom and camomile tea leaves. Nuances of cashews, blanched almonds and rice wafers combine with brioche and mealy notes lying beneath. The palate is bright with great concentration, purity and clarity, whilst maintaining focus and definition. An introduction of grapefruit, lemon wedges and pear lead to a delicately textured, layered and woven palate with a creamy, baked apple and brioche feature with diligent oak and subtle texture. The layered and contoured mid palate is finely checked with mineral acid thread.
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.
STEVE LESZCZYNSKI - QWINE
The Leeuwin Estate Art Series is the Chardonnay boss, but if it's price tag is well out of reach, you lose little with a bottle of this under your wing. Simply, it's a gorgeous example of Margaret River Chardonnay. Seeing French oak for nine months, forty percent of which was new, you get the sense this was treated as kindly as it's more famous sibling. Aromas of barley sugar, peach skin and citrus spill from the glass. Moving seamlessly to the palate, they're joined by brioche and toast, vanilla from the oak and generous squeeze of lemon juice. A touch of nuttiness and a lick of almond meal too, it's hard to resist temptation as I move for a re-pour. Superb drinking for the money. Drink now but it will evolve beautifully for eight years.'
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Light yellow-straw colour, with a bouquet of subtle nectarine and an undertone of grapefruit, the palate echoing these flavours and finishing very crisp and dry. It's quite regional but tighter than expected. The palate has very good line, length and refinement. The finish is clean, dry and refreshing.'