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Leeuwin Chardonnay Art Series 2015

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CWA97

RP

WS

JS

AG

ST

W&S

JH

Price: $89.00

 
*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

“Classic” 97 Points
“Leading with a beautiful bouquet reminiscent of a premier cru Meursault, it delivers complex aromas of lemon oil, hazelnut, and fresh white flowers. The texture shows amazing focus with complex and expressive layers of lemon bar, pear, hints of tropical fruit that culminate in a bright, yet creamy finish. This is a stunner now and will continue to age gracefully for at least a decade.” - California Wine Advisors

Top-100 Wines of 2018: “Highly Recommended - Supple and creamy up front, with precision to the nutmeg, lemon curd, verbena and mandarin orange flavors, which are intense and harmonious. The elegant body and lingering accents of ginger and citrus zest elevate this white to something special. Drink now through 2028.” - #38, Wine Spectator (11/18)

BACKGROUND
Simone Horgan-Furlong, co-CEO and daughter of Leeuwin Estate's founders, recounted how its opulent, ageworthy Art Series Chardonnay was born “by accident”, because her father loved to surf, and the Margaret River region has a great break. Denis Horgan bought a plumbing business that came with an undulating parcel of farmland, in a sunny, breezy, Mediterranean climate, where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet. Then Robert Mondavi came to explore Australia's potential. “My dad knew nothing about wine … but they struck up a friendship," and the famed California vintner mentored the family, who debuted their first vintage in 1979. For the Chardonnay, Horgan-Furlong said, "The clone is very important to us.” The Gin Gin clone is prone to “hens and chicks”, so “the acidity comes from the small berries and the beautiful complexity of fruit from the larger ones.”
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High Residual Sugar

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Kevin Bacons

*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

“Classic” 97 Points
“Leading with a beautiful bouquet reminiscent of a premier cru Meursault, it delivers complex aromas of lemon oil, hazelnut, and fresh white flowers. The texture shows amazing focus with complex and expressive layers of lemon bar, pear, hints of tropical fruit that culminate in a bright, yet creamy finish. This is a stunner now and will continue to age gracefully for at least a decade.” - California Wine Advisors

Top-100 Wines of 2018: “Highly Recommended - Supple and creamy up front, with precision to the nutmeg, lemon curd, verbena and mandarin orange flavors, which are intense and harmonious. The elegant body and lingering accents of ginger and citrus zest elevate this white to something special. Drink now through 2028.” - #38, Wine Spectator (11/18)

BACKGROUND
Simone Horgan-Furlong, co-CEO and daughter of Leeuwin Estate's founders, recounted how its opulent, ageworthy Art Series Chardonnay was born “by accident”, because her father loved to surf, and the Margaret River region has a great break. Denis Horgan bought a plumbing business that came with an undulating parcel of farmland, in a sunny, breezy, Mediterranean climate, where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet. Then Robert Mondavi came to explore Australia's potential. “My dad knew nothing about wine … but they struck up a friendship," and the famed California vintner mentored the family, who debuted their first vintage in 1979. For the Chardonnay, Horgan-Furlong said, "The clone is very important to us.” The Gin Gin clone is prone to “hens and chicks”, so “the acidity comes from the small berries and the beautiful complexity of fruit from the larger ones.”



Ratings Sources

RP - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
WS - Wine Spectator
CWA - California Wine Advisors
JS - James Suckling
IWR - International Wine Review

Winery Leeuwin

Vineyard Designate

AVA Margaret River

Region Australia