2009 Leeuwin "Art Series" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia

SKU #1121458 97 points James Halliday

 Craftmanship of the highest order in the vineyard and winery have combined to create a perfect example this wine. The intensity and power unwind effortlessly, but with multiple aroma and flavour messages from the barrel fermentation and subsequent maturation of the fully ripe, pink grapefruit and peach at its core.  (8/2012)

96 points Wine Spectator

 A deftly balanced Chardonnay of tremendous depth without much weight, floating its pear, quince, floral and orange marmalade flavors through to the end. It's the finish that makes this special, balancing all the elements effortlessly and lingering on and on. Drink now through 2025.  (5/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Art Series Chardonnay has a wonderfully fragrant nose of honeysuckle, tropical fruits and nectarines over nuances of pink grapefruit and allspice. Full-bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, it is surprisingly harmonious at this youthful stage with a backbone of medium to high acid balancing the ripe, expressive fruit. The finish is long with plenty of tropical fruit layers. Delicious now, it should cellar to 2020+. (93+)  (8/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light yellow. Pungent aromas of tangerine, peach and white flowers, complicated by a tropical fruit nuance. Juicy, spicy and intense, with tangy acidity lifting flavors of citrus and orchard fruits, ginger and anise. Becomes creamier and spicier with air and finishes on a subtle pineapple note, with impressive clarity and length. The spicy, intensely mineral 2002 version of this wine is drinking very nicely right now, by the way, but still has years of life ahead of it.  (7/2012)

K&L Notes

From Australian wine writer Huon Hooke: "97 Points. Medium to light yellow colour, backward for its age. Slightly biscuity, almost musty oak aromas. Took time to open up. The palate is lean and taut, unevolved and crisply acid. Seems to be still very much in its shell. Later: it began to blossom in the glass: powerful, penetrating, long and lingering. Some tropical fruit aromas as well as floral and grapefruit hints. Delicious flavours, a magnificent wine with a big future. This continues Leeuwin's change in style to a less oaky and much more restrained style than the blockbusters of yesteryear." (huonhooke.com, 05/2012) and from Ray Jordan's The West Australian Wine Guide 2013: "98 points. Leeuwin decided to hold this back a few months and it really has come together beautifully. From the first intake of those heady aromas of grapefruit, cereal and subtle roasted cashew. There's some subtle spice in there as well. The palate is a simply glorious expression of the variety with a deep intensity and power that carries with effortless precision to a very long finish. Another great wine with an underlying tightness that will see it age for many years. Cellar: 10 years."

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Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/13/2013 | Send Email
Leeuwin was one the pioneers in the Margaret River region in Western Australia and has remained one of the top producers ever since with their Chardonnay considered an icon of Australian wines. These are wines that are built to reward time in the cellar as evidenced by the fact that they converted two decades of library wines to the stelvin closure to avoid cork taint issues. The 2009 is focused, tightly coiled and more linear at this point in its life. The bouquet shows notes of pear,peach, jasmine, ginger, honeysuckle and a light nutty character. On the palate the wine has fine structure with tangy crisp acidity that adds a nice tension leading to a long persistant finish.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- 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