2008 Leeuwin "Prelude" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
A second label equal to most producers' best, although the price (inevitably) reflects the quality; fragrant white peach and grapefruit aromas and flavours drive the wine, having soaked up the barrel ferment oak in the process; long, complete and perfectly balanced.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright yellow. Complex, heady bouquet of dried pear, melon, honey and botanical herbs, with a smoky mineral undertone. Spicy and precise on the palate, showing gently sweet honeydew and orchard fruit flavors with complicating notes of sage, licorice and white pepper. Very complex chardonnay with strong finishing bite and lingering sweetness.
The Art Series’s little sibling is this lush, full-bodied Chardonnay that packs in a lot of flavor. Hints of buttered toast, nuts, vanilla and tropical fruit (guava?) all gently caress the palate, framed by just enough focus to hold it all together. Drink now.
A lively, refreshing style, delivering lots of apple, spice and lime flavors, mingling easily through the long, crisp finish. Drink now through 2012. (Web-2010)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Prelude Chardonnay provides notes of pineapple, guava and warm apricots on the nose with some cedar and a touch of orange blossom. Full bodied with medium to high acidity and a suggestion of silken texture, this is a wine with very good primary fruit concentration and a long finish. Drink it now to 2015.