Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay 12pk 2016

Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay 12pk 2016

Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay 12pk 2016
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Winery Details

    *Available NSW*

    Winery of the Year | 2019 West Australian Wine Guide by Ray Jordan

    Winemaker of the Year |Tim Lovett | 2019 West Australian Wine Guide by Ray Jordan

    Langton's 'Exceptional' Classification (VII 2018)

    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.

Press Review

    Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay 2016

    A marvellous wine that continues to mark the subtle shift to a style of more elegance and minerally finesse. There is such gorgeous texture and middle palate complexity here, with precise delivery through to a very long finish. Spices with floral notes, a touch savoury and understated mealiness that is part of this wine's DNA. What a fitting wine to mark the 50th anniversary of Leeuwin Estate. (Best drinking: Now to 2032).

    Rating: 99+ Points

    Source: Ray Jordan, The West Australian


    Ray Jordan: Leeuwin Estate 2016 Art Series Chardonnay is Australia’s greatest white wine

    Leeuwin Estate is about to release what I believe is Australia’s greatest white wine, and the first I have given a score of 99-plus.

    Priced at $104 a bottle, the Leeuwin Estate Art Series chardonnay 2016 hits the shelves on April 1, and apart from being as near as dammit to perfection, will change the way Margaret River chardonnay is seen.

    It is a game changer. And it has given me a problem. You see, I gave the 2015 chardonnay 99 points, my highest score for an Australian white wine on release.

    But the problem now is that the 2016 is a better wine. I don’t believe any wine has achieved perfection, but this one pushes it mighty close.

    So, all I can do is give it 99-plus.

    For me, the 2016 Leeuwin is the closest thing, stylistically, to Burgundy — Grand Cru Burgundy — I have seen in an Australian chardonnay. The combination of power, intensity, palate length and precision stamps it as something special. A little element of Puligny, Chassagne, with more than a decent hit of Margaret River.

    Deciding to give it 99-plus wasn’t taken lightly. I was pretty sure after the first taste a few weeks ago, surer after sharing a bottle with friends and finally convinced after a third assessment, when I tasted it several times over 24 hours to see how it opened up.

    Leeuwin winemaker Tim Lovett described the vintage as “remarkable and spectacular” and a tribute to the underpinning contribution of the famous Blocks 20 and 22 that continue to lay the foundation for Art Series chardonnays.

    Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay 2016

    Straw-green in colour and powerful from the outset. Pure, juicy pear, white peach, sparks of spice, cedar wood and wood smoke. The flavours trigger each other, the finish then a powerful sling out and onwards. Its beauty is entirely worthy of admiration. Exactly where the power stops and the delicacy starts is difficult to tell, though it seems to happen at some point, even if the wine's insistence never lets up. The quality march of Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay is relentless.

    Rating: 98 Points

    Source: Campbell Mattinson, James Halliday Wine Companion 2020

    Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay 2016

    Very light colour for its age and the bouquet is likewise fresh and young and unevolved. There are subtle grapefruit, spice and nougat aromas and the oak is taking a back-seat. The wine is still tight and reserved, and really needs to be cellared. It's concentrated and will reveal much more if given time. It has outstanding length and finesse. Great potential.

    Rating: 98 Points

    Source: Huon Hooke (May 2019)

    Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay 2016

    The wine is all-round fresh, restrained and unevolved, but promising much more in time. Subtle grapefruit, spice and nougat aromas, oak taking a backseat role. While concentrated and profound, it is also tight and reserved, with wonderful length and finesse. 

    Rating: 98 Points

    Source: Gourmet Traveller Wine Top 100 New Release Wines (Aug/Sept 2019)

    Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay 2016

    Love the aromas of coconut and pralines with cooked apple, lemon and pecan-pie undertones. Medium-to full-bodied, layered and complete with a juicy and savory aftertaste. Delicious all round. Drink now. Screw cap.

    Rating: 94 Points

    Source: www.jamessuckling.com (June 2019)

    Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay 2016

    Matthew Jukes Top 100 Australian Wines 2019/20

    Kim Maple's 'lnfluence' Iabel is a worthy addition to the art collection at Leeuwin and it suits 2016 Art Series Chardonnay down to the ground. Plush, resplendent and regal, this is a wine which soars on the palate. I admire this company so much and this is yet another incredible vintage for Leeuwin. I left this bottle open in my kitchen for four days, occasionally poppinq back to see what changes had occurred on the nose and palate. lt was a fascinating exercise, looking pristine at every juncture. I wonder if this will be one of the lonqest-lived wines in their history. 

    Source: Matthew Jukes Top 100 Australian Wines 2019/20 (May 2019)