2010 Leeuwin "Art Series" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
No.9 in Top 100 Australian Wines: There's a very assertive nose here that has a gently flinty edge, some nicely handled oak and hints of pithy lemon across more peachy stone fruits; tropical hints too, plus a chalky element. Very fresh and tightly wound. The palate has a very composed style to it with great depth and oak integration; long and powerful but quite sleek through the middle. A great example, this is tightly coiled for now and releases a slow-burning grilled nut flavor through the finish. The Aston Martin of chardonnay, with sleek lines and plenty of power under the hood. Drink in 2018.
Bright yellow-green; the sheer purity and intensity of this wine is remarkable, even in the context of its imperious ancestry; it has its own flavour and tactile characters stemming from the perfect balance between the white peach and grapefruit flavours carried through the very long and detailed palate by bright acidity.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
95+ points. The 2010 Art Series Chardonnay is redolent of warm peaches, toasted almonds and apple tart with hints of cedar and wet pebbles. Medium to full-bodied and very concentrated with layers of stone fruit, toast and nut flavors, it has a lively backbone of acidity, satiny texture and long finish. Approachable now it will drink to 2019+.
Aromatically tight, but expansive and expressive in the mouth, pouring out its pear, green guava and fig flavors in a generous stream, with glints of spice. Comes together smoothly on a deftly balanced frame to let the finish sail on and on. Drink now through 2030.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale, green hued-yellow. A pungent, mineral-driven bouquet exudes orange zest, fresh pear, lemongrass and chamomile, with a note of iodine coming up with air. Deeply pitched, taut orchard fruit and mineral flavors stain the palate, with zesty minerality providing lift. The iodine note repeats on the finish, which leaves suave mineral and floral notes behind. Noteworthy for its blend of power and finesse; this bottling's track record for aging is very impressive.
Having earned its reputation as one of Australia’s finest Chardonnays, the challenge is then to maintain that level of quality. The 2010 Art Series certainly does that. Enticing aromas of woodsmoke, peach and pink grapefruit give way to intense flavors of citrus and stone fruit on the palate. It’s full bodied, yet with great focus and length, ending crisply despite the wine’s inherent richness. Drink now-2020, perhaps longer.
Winemaker's Tasting Notes: A deceptively complex and incredibly youthful nose that features cut pear, fresh quince and lemon blossom. A savoury line is also evident with sesame brittle, cinnamon stick, rice wafer and hints of cornmeal. On the palate, woven layers of intense white fleshed fruits, diligent oak handling and effortless texture meet seamlessly and are driven by a mineral saline acid spine. Pears, grapefruit and white nectarine are the key fruits of the palate, which is focused with remarkable length and possesses amazing longevity.