Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay (750ml)
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Family owned, Leeuwin Estate, one of the five founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district of Western Australia, is under the direction of two generations who work with a team of highly skilled winemakers to consistently produce wines ranking alongside the world’s finest. In 1972, legendary California winemaker, Robert Mondavi, identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard as being ideal for the production of premium wine and provided early mentorship to Denis and Tricia Horgan in the transformation of their cattle farm into Leeuwin Estate.
Enjoying its first commercial vintage in 1979, Leeuwin was thrust into the international spotlight when Decanter Magazine gave its highest recommendation to the 1981 “Art Series” Chardonnay. The international accolades have continued and Leeuwin now exports to 30 markets. Celebrating the combination of fine wine, food, art and music, Leeuwin features an award winning restaurant, cellardoor, and art gallery.
The palate is bright and energetic, with laced mineral acidity. Bursting lemon, lime and pear skin meet oyster shell and saline notes, providing a precise corridor and direction. Gently coiled textures give lateral capacity and dimension. This complex Chardonnay is one of the best produced in Australia.
The Chardonnay clone (Gingin clone) that makes up the Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay has small berries that ripen to high sugar levels, but also retain high acid. Vintage takes place in mid-February to early March and the grapes (about 2-3 kilos per vine) are hand-harvested when they have reached a point of ‘energy’ – that wonderful balance of sweet fruit ripeness while still providing a mouthwatering freshness. The preservation of pristine fruit character is the focus of vinification and maturation.
This wine has always held a sort of legendary status among the staff here at Bishop’s and it’s easy to see why. This is Chardonnay made with precision and elegance. Wonderfully reductive with notes of buttered popcorn, golden delicious apples, crushed seashells; I could go on, as this wine is as complex as it is delicious. Come see what the hype is about!