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2015 Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $60)

SKU #1490635 95 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark There’s sunglow to this wine’s flavors, as if mirroring the cool, sunny autumn days in Margaret River that extended the growing season in 2015. There’s nothing dimpled about the fruit; it’s just warm and plump, with tannins you can breathe and a palpable bristle of energy. The luscious blackberry fruit floods the crunchy acidity that keeps the wine bright and zesty. Though the wine spent 22 months in French oak, the barrel influence is apparent only in its textural harmony and structural completion. Set for long aging. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

94 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark It puts on a good show of cedar wood, blackcurrant, mulberry and bay leaf-like flavour. It's medium in weight and well-balanced overall. and looks set to mature well into the medium term and beyond. Not a hair out of place. Inner quote mark (8/2019)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark From one of Margaret River's best known wineries, this vintage is an elegant and fruit-forward bottling with plenty of life in it. The nose is a bouquet of flowers and red berries, backed by those very regional secondary characters of eucalyptus, cigar box, olive brine and cedar. The palate is voluptuous, the juicy fruit and spice buoyed by lifted acidity and wound gently in savory, textural tannins. Drink now–2030. Inner quote mark (12/2020)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Cigar box, vanilla, sage and bay leaf notes may be found on the nose of the 2015 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon. It's intensely flavored, medium to full-bodied and firmly structured but ripe, with fine-grained tannins and a long, mouthwatering finish. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A vibrant, fragrant and elegant expression of Margaret River Cabernet, with details of mint, bay leaf and anise seed to the polished cherry and pomegranate flavors at the core. Juicy, featuring a note of gunpowder tea on the velvety finish. Drink now through 2034 Inner quote mark (2/2020)

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By: Jennifer Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/13/2020 | Send Email
On the nose this super aromatic wine expresses cherry, cranberry, and raspberry notes. On the palate it's a very smooth, velvety, and silky Cab that shows itself to be a medium bodied, well structured wine expressing purple plum, dark chocolate, strawberry, blueberry, and black currant flavors. A soft finish of green peppercorn, and low alcohol (13.5%), allows the fruity characteristics to shine, and easily leaves me longing for more!

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/12/2020 | Send Email
It’s clear to see why the Leeuwin Art Series Cabernet is one of Australia’s greatest Cabernets. Hailing from Margaret River and founded in 1973 with Robert Mondavi consulting, over the last forty years Leeuwin has been at the top of Australia’s bluechip producers, creating phenomenal Cabernet and Chardonnay, year after year. Margaret River was originally selected for wine growing due to remarkably similar conditions to Napa. And when you factor in the quality and price, these wines compete toe-to-toe with some of the best wines you’ll find in the US--at less than half the price. I was a huge fan of the 2013 Art Series Cab, and I loved the more elegant, aromatic 2014. But the 2015 is definitely closer in style to the power and finesse of 2013. Lifting the glass, there’s black cassis, dark cherry, charcoal, and a gorgeous bouquet of baking spices and oak. You can tell right off the bat this is going to be powerful. On the palate, this is mouth coating and rich, full of black fruits and exquisitely balanced with gentle acidic counterpoint. The tannins here are extremely fine, making it a pleasure to drink now and topped off with a finish that just carries and carries. There are few places on the global making new-world style wines of this caliber, and when you look at the value at its price point, I wouldn’t drink anything else.

By: Tim Telli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2020 | Send Email
One of the classic wines of the Margaret River. Pure Cabernet flavors with very little oak presence on the nose. Herbs and hints of mint in the background. Plums and blackberries on the palate, with bright fruits and a savory profile with some anise spice. The wine has a great palate texture with very smooth tannins and good length on the finish. Despite being ready to drink now I think there is good ageing potential here.This is not a fruit bomb but a subtle example of Cabernet Sauvignon that is not quite French or American, but perhaps uniquely Australian.

By: Lauren Seward | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2020 | Send Email
I thought the 2014 vintage was a steal, but the new vintage is a quick favorite of mine. This is high quality cab at a medium tier price point, especially considering our incredible deal at almost a half of prices found elsewhere. Smokey and bright red fruit aromas are prevalent, with more subtle vanilla, herbaceous, and cranberry notes appearing as the wine opens. The taste is full, warm, and lush with notes of red fruit, blackberries, and a noticeable but refined amount of French oak aging. While tannic and structured with an easy balance, the wine finishes long and earthy. At $40 this is a killer deal and shows great aging potential.

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