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The Best Price Going on a 97-Point Cab - “The Mouton-Rothschild of Australia” - 01/25/2018 - Australia

If you pick up the 97-Point 2013 Leeuwin "Art Series" Cab elsewhere you’ll be paying $55, but thanks to a super-sharp deal from our distributor we have from our distributor, we are rolling it out for a fraction of that. With massive points and huge praise from the critics, this 2013 stunning has everything one looks for in a Margaret River Cab. James Suckling called the 2012 version of this blockbuster, “the Mouton-Rothschild of Australia” and we think the 2013 is even better! Always an instant sell-out, we expect this parcel of 2013 to sell in a flash. Only the estate’s best grapes is used in the “Art Series” bottling, which shines through with the layered flavors of dense blue and black fruits, menthol, eucalyptus, and Asian spice. Among one of the best vintages in decades, this 2013 rendition is destined to please many a Cab drinker. A wine of this pedigree and caliber typically costs well into the $100, which makes the special, discounted price here all the more remarkable. Made in an open and user-friendly style, the “Art Series” Cab is a joy to drink now, but go ahead and lay a few bottles down too as it has the body and structure to age for 15-plus years.

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2013 Leeuwin "Art Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $55) Price: Hidden

97 points Bob Campbell: "Deep red/purple: an outstanding color in depth and hue. The bouquet is clean, freshand alive, with bright black fruit and violet aromas, touches of cedar and toasty oak, the palate verydeep and concentrated, with lush fruit and abundant tannins, which counter-balance the fruit andsweetness. A powerful yet elegant cabernet with a very long and distinguished future ahead of it. Anoutstanding, profound wine. (HH, Real Review)" (06/2017)

96 points James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection* The unadorned purity of this cabernet follows precisely in the footsteps of its predecessors.The '13 regional vintage was highly rated at the time, a rating justified today. Destemmed, crushed, matured for 12 months in French oak (40% new)."

96 points James Suckling: "Aromas of black licorice, black berry and rust. Hot stone. Full body, layered and juicy with loads of fresh fruit and chewy tannins. Sexy, muscular cabernet with tone and focus. Screw cap. Hard not to drink now. Better in 2022 but gorgeous now." (07/2017)

94 points Decanter: "Ripe, sweet blackcurrant fruit that is wonderfully concentrated, deep and long, with impressive weight. This has elegance, great finesse and finishes gently firm."

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is elegant and finessed, with aromas of bright red currant, cedar, smoke, pencil lead, rose, bay leaf and baking spices. The medium-bodied palate offers tobacco and red berry flavors ensconced in ultrafine, leathery tannins. Theres oak influence, but it is well integrated with the fruit. Drink now2028. *Editors Choice* (CP)" (08/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A bright mouthful of cherry, raspberry and currant flavors, full of energy and transparency to the notes of mineral, dried herb, toast, vanilla and dense espresso. Shows plenty of power on a velvety frame. Drink now through 2025. 250 cases imported. (MW)" (12/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Leeuwin's 2013 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon may be the best version of this wine I've ever tasted. It manages to be ripe and rich while still being svelte and medium-bodied. Baking spices and cedar appear on the nose, but this isn't an oaky wine - those elements are just seasoning for the red and black currant fruit. A creamy note builds the mid-palate without adding excess weight, while hints of sage and bay leaf linger on the silky finish. (JC)" (12/2017)

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 29, 2018

A lion of the Aussie Cabernet world, Leeuwin's Art Series Cab absolutely shines in 2013, with an immediate hit of currant confit and cherry fruits that seem to combine intensity of flavor with freshness, purity and acidity that suggests fruit from a very well adapted, nicely mature site. Great Cab for your cellar (if you can resist drinking these bottles in the near term...)

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 28, 2018

This label is fast gaining recognition amongst critics and consumers as being one of the top wines coming out of Australia, right alongside Penfolds "Grange" and Henschke "Hill of Grace". Top scores each vintage are well deserved and easily justified when you taste the perfect balance this wine showcases. This vintage is showing a little more accessible and generous than previous, which is a nice counterpoint to Leeuwin's generally structured wines. This is undoubtedly a high-end Cabernet perfectly suited for special occasions.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 28, 2018

There is a serious argument that Leeuwin is the finest Cabernet producer in the Margaret River and certainly finds it's place in the top wines of Australia and the world. Dark and intense, but amazingly fresh. This is a wine not to be missed. The perfect balance makes it a candidate for drinking now, but it is guaranteed to age beautifully and continue to develop even more of the savory cedar box, tobacco, and mint notes. The toasty oak notes are seamlessly integrated into the wine already. With the huge list of big scores on this wine, it's obvious that the quality is there. But more importantly to me, this wine stands out even in a lineup of K&L favorites.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

This wine is consistently great, there is a reason Leeuwin has the reputation that they do. This is the boldest, richest wine that I have had from them. It still has that classic red fruit but it is heavier and darker, it is almost dank, in the best possible way. The fruit is accentuated with a savory earthy, spice notes, you cannot keep yourself from going back to nose it again and again. The heaviness of the nose is not echoed on the palate. It is full and intense but structured and delineated. Rich, complex, great fruit foiled by savory complexity, bold but not heavy. This is great Cab from a Great producer and the best thing about it is drinking great now. That was a lot of greats, and it deserves every one of them.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

I reviewed the 2012 vintage of this wine nearly a year ago and my adoration of the property has only magnified since then. A perennial over-achiever, this gem has the chops to withstand a few decades of cellaring and at the price-point, there isn't much to compare it to. This beauty shows classic Margaret River structure and notes of dried herbs, menthol and dark fruits. There's a very good reason Robert Mondavi was mulling over the notion of purchasing the estate back in the '70s - as it produces world-class wines with each passing vintage. This one is a no-brainer. Drink now and over the next twenty years.