2006 Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia

SKU #1116184 94 points James Halliday

 Bright hue for age; a quite remarkable outcome from a rare cool and wet Margaret River vintage; the decision was taken to sweat it out, and enough fine weather returned to achieve ripeness, ironically in a more accessible style than the ’07.  (2/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby-red. Red- and blackcurrant, blood orange and licorice on the nose. Rich but youthfully taut, with deep, incisive red fruit flavors that are slow to unwind. Becomes more perfumed with air and picks up notes of cracked pepper and nutmeg. Finishes with nervy cut and silky, harmonious tannins. This promising wine still needs a little bottle age.  (8/2010)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Firm, focused and full of character, offering mineral-accented plum and currant flavors on an aristocratic frame. Finishes with fine tannins. Best from 2012 through 2016.  (7/2011)

Jancis Robinson

 Includes 11% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. 24 months in oak (40% new, many different coopers). Fragrant, graphite and cassis. Juicy and inviting with mouth-watering freshness with the fruit depth to counterbalance the acidity. Elegant.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon gives a deep garnet color and notes of cassis and red currant over tomato leaf, moss covered bark and black pepper. The medium-full bodied palate is very crisp with a medium-high level of chewy tannins and a good mouthful of berry and earth flavors, finishing long and peppery. A pretty good showing for this difficult vintage - drink this one now to 2018+.  (8/2011)

Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is definitely on the herbal side, but it’s also suave and silky, with refined notes of tobacco, cedar and cassis. Medium bodied and elegant, even if the flavors are a touch green.  (11/2011)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River