2008 Leeuwin "Art Series" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Still pale quartz-green; the finesse of Art Series Chardonnay when it is young is every bit as enjoyable as is the complexity it gains after six or seven years in bottle (under screwcap), its future still assured.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
100% of the 2008 Art Series Chardonnay juice was barrel fermented in new French barriques with the lees stirred every two to three weeks over the 11 months. The nose is typically ripe and expressive, displaying pronounced notes of guava, ripe apricot and cantaloupe over toasted cashews, brioche, cedar and manuka honey. The palate is as rich and concentrated as it ever is, yet it’s not quite as weighty as it has been in some recent vintages and is showing more elegance this year. Medium-full bodied, it has a lovely creaminess to the texture, refreshingly crisp acid and a very long finish. Delicious now, it should cellar to 2021+.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light, bright yellow. Fresh citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complicated by white flowers, iodine, toasty lees and butter. Smoky, penetrating orange and pear flavors are complemented by deeper suggestions of honey and sweet butter, with a firm mineral element adding spine. Finishes with very good breadth and length, the smoke and iodine notes repeating. This wine has a great track record for aging, as a recent bottle of 2001 showed; it was spicy, intensely floral and deep in orchard fruit flavors, with only a hint of the nuttiness that I expect in decade-old chardonnay. It has years of life ahead of it.(93+?)
Silky, round and deftly balanced to play its pear, apricot, grapefruit and nutmeg flavors against a refined structure, casting it all into the long, enticing finish, which sails on impressively. Remarkable for its deftness, not its obvious power. Drink now through 2020. 500 cases imported.
17.5/20. Elegant purity. Plenty of citrus and melon fresh fruit and the oak finely integrated. No malolactic and 100% of the wine spent 11 months in new oak. Combines purity of fruit with a delicate creaminess and makes me think of an Australian take on Puligny-Montrachet - with a price to match. Very moreish too. (JH