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2013 Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $80+)

SKU #1282368 98 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark It is supremely elegant and finely balanced, and has absorbed the new oak in a manner worthy of a Grand Cru White Burgundy, leaving the fragrant bouquet and finely structured palate of startling length to occupy centre stage. 64% cultured yeast, 36% wild yeast, fermented in and matured for 11 months in new French oak. Inner quote mark (1/2017)

96 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Stony, cashew nut, white peach aromas; the palate soft, subtle and refined. A delicate yet intense palate, with a sweet fruit core. A relatively restrained style for this maker. Fine but also expansive on the palate. (HH) Inner quote mark (11/2017)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Elegant and graceful, this opens to supple lemon and tangerine flavors, accented by spice, cedar, mineral and white floral touches. Everything is precise and supple, with a juicy touch on the epic finish. *Highly Recommended* (MW) Inner quote mark (7/2016)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark More open now than it was on release, the 2013 Art Series Chardonnay is singing. Hints of toasted nuts and grilled peaches appear on the nose, while the full-bodied palate broadens and deepens into ripe tropical flavors without becoming unwieldy and crisp citrus notes bring the wine home on the long, long finish. (JC) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Pale yellow-gold. A highly complex, mineral-laced bouquet evokes fresh citrus and orchard fruits, iodine, toasted brioche and white flowers, and a hint of fennel emerges with air. Shows superb depth and delineation, offering vibrant orange, pear, sweet butter and anise flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Powerful yet graceful, displaying superb focus and thrust on an impressively long finish that features lingering floral and mineral flourishes. (JR) Inner quote mark (10/2017)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This justly celebrated Margaret River Chardonnay is more opulent than most yet ages well. The nose is ripe and fleshy, with apricot and pear aromas, and it's lush without being over-perfumed, and thus it retains finesse. It's plump and juicy, with a distinct toastiness and a grace of ginger from the stylish French oak. Although solid and concentrated, it has an underlying sweetness of fruit without being cloying. Complex and long. (SB) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Fabulous flamboyance and opulence yet a freshness and brightness underneath. Full body, lemon curd, apple meringue undertones. Vibrant finish. Inner quote mark (3/2016)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark As always at Leeuwin Estate, the Art Series Chardonnay is a star. Now incorporating some natural ferments and slightly more solids, the 2013 features some more savory elements than in the past. A hint of pencil shavings highlights the pear and pineapple fruit, which offers plenty of flesh without being overbearing. (JC) Inner quote mark (2/2017)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Delicate lively texture with some Burgundian notes. Not forced and a little salty grapefruit à la Margaret River. Result of picking on pear and cut lime and white nectarine apparently. Tim Lovett: ‘I don’t want to have too much winemaking artefact over it.’ Clean and lively. 17+/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (11/2017)

K&L Notes

Leeuwin introduced the Art Series bottlings in 1980 and many of the labels are reproductions of paintings and sculptures commissioned from leading contemporary Australian artists and are on display at the Leeuwin Estate Art Gallery.


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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2017 | Send Email
I was stunned by the quality of this beautifully crafted Chardonnay. An intriguing bouquet of saffron, baking spice, lemon meringue and green apples hints at its nuance and complexity. On the palate, electrifying acidity enhances the aforementioned flavors, and while there is an underlying richness from the oak regimen, the emphasis is on freshness and balance. Superb craftsmanship.

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2017 | Send Email
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I still recall the first time I tried a Leeuwin Estate Artist Series Chardonnay. I was completely astonished at the incredible quality and complexity of the wine. The 2013 is spectacularly consistent with my original feelings. Lovely, classy and refined, but not at all lightweight. The rich body of this wine completely envelops the oak, which feels nutty and creamy. It has a dense apple fruit tinged with tangerine and lemon peel, that goes on and on - the finish is extremely long and laced with fine minerals. You would be forgiven for thinking of a modern Burgundy when tasting this wine, but truly it is all Margaret River from start to finish.
Top Value!

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/2/2017 | Send Email
The reviews on this wine are phenomenal and for good reason. This Chardonnay from one our our top Aussie producers is energetic and dynamic, while remaining elegant and refined. The price on this Chard is lower than you'll find anywhere else and I will be taking advantage and picking up some of it for gifts and elegant dinner parties. It shows fantastic balance and nuance of flavors, with just a touch of oak and brioche flavors complimenting the stone fruit. Even if you are not familiar with the Leeuwin label, I encourage you to give it a try and don't think you'll be surprised that it stands up to any high end Chardonnay from California or Burgundy.

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