Leeuwin Estate Art Series Releases | May 2018
Photo: Leeuwin Estate
Available in NSW
We are thrilled for the new releases of the pinnacle Art Series from Leeuwin Estate. Some stocks are extremely limited again this year, so please contact your NSW Fesq & Co. Representative.
The 'Art Series' released around this time each year is always highly anticipated and winemaker Phil Hutchison is brimming with excitement for these new releases. He believes the 2015 Art Chardonnay is the best vintage they've made, a season that resulted in many small berries, but with small volume came remarkable concentration of flavours. The 2014 Art Cabernet is also one of Phil's favourites. A true varietal Cabernet with excellent structure from a textbook-perfect vintage in Margaret River, as it is widely agreed. Phil believes they have really found their footing with Shiraz as well, finding that sweet spot in a style that is truly indicative of Margaret River Shiraz. Elegant and full of subtle flavours, the 2015 Art Shiraz is due for release soon.
Winemaker Phil Hutchison discussing Leeuwin's current vintages
One of Langton's most select group of 'Exceptional' classified wines of Australia.
Artwork: Ginger Wikilyiri & Bernard Tjalkuri, entitled 'Tjukurpa Tjuta 2014'
- Winery Note -
Classical pear skin, lime and white peach fruit spectrum defines the nose, amidst sweeter notes of nougat, sesame brittle and brioche. It is concentrated and complex with subtle fragrant jasmine and savoury flint and wet stone. A tightly directed palate, yet with enviable length. Woven layers of lemon curd, cut lime and grapefruit pith penetrate throughout the palate with a distinctive mineral thread. Delicate oak use presents gentle complexing notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and hazelnuts.
I have over the years tasted every Leeuwin Art Series chardonnay and I rate the 2015 the greatest. It is the first white wine I have awarded 99 points.
More superlatives have been heaped on this great wine than any other Margaret River white. Another stunning wine showing an impressive refinement and subtle expression, while retaining the power that is its DNA. There is a purity, yet layered complexity. All inoculated yeasts and then barrel fermented in new French oak, with regular lees stirring. Has a crunchy lemony zip and grapefruit influence on the finish. Really long palate that effortlessly strikes out a tight and minerally finish. Deep, intense generosity. Cut lime and pear, with some nectarine characters and subtle fragrant jasmine. Has a tension and energy here. Cooler vintage similar to 2014. Oyster shell graphite. 99 Points, Ray Jordan
Light to medium, bright yellow colour, very young for its age. The bouquet is shy but pleasantly nutty, showing some oak; the palate has bracing acidity and concentrated flavour, which is still latent and promising more in time. There's a slight dip in the mid-palate. The wine is still remarkably young and has a great career in front of it.
96 Points, Huon Hooke
One of Langton's 'Excellent' classified wines of Australia.
Artwork: Paul Partos, entitled 'Window View'
- Winery Note -
A highly expressive and fragrant nose with violet, lavender, bay leaf and fennel seed weaving through a dense core of blackcurrant and red cherry. Subtle anise, cumin, cedar, cracked coffee bean and cocoa lie in the background. The palate has purity and elegance; delicate layers of cherries, blackcurrants and Satsuma plums combine with a vibrant thread of natural acidity, giving direction and focus. Cinnamon and clove are present on the mid-palate which extends long with tightly coiled powdery tannins.
Very good deep, bright colour. Nicely herbal, leafy cabernet aroma, very Margaret River. Lively palate with power and intensity. Full-body, nice grip and balance. A complete wine and very ageworthy. (4% malbec)
95 Points, Huon Hooke
Leeuwin Art Series Shiraz 2015
Artwork: Wawiriya Burton, entitled 'Ngayuku Ngura - My Country'
- Winery Note -
A myriad of cherries, mulberries and blood plums provide the framework on the nose, with camphor, cumin, anise, and toasted fennel seed in the background. Subtle cacao and cracked coffee bean combine with elevated notes of lavender. The palate is fine with structural tannins and bright acidity. Again, cherries and mulberries are present with savoury oak char and subtle dark chocolate within.