2008 Leeuwin "Prelude" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia

SKU #1116185 94 points James Halliday

 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.  (2/ 2010)

91 points 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.  (8/ 2010)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 The Art Seriesís 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.  (2/ 2011)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (10/ 2010)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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, M‚con, 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.
Country:

Australia

- 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 Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley 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, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. 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. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River

Alcohol Content (%): 14