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2017 Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia

SKU #1496747 99 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark This achieves another step up the quality ladder for Leeuwin Estate, seemingly impossible. There's been no change in the vinification, nor in the vineyard. The change is an increase in the intensity of the flavours, and hence their length and aftertaste. It's an extraordinary wine, among the greatest of Burgundy (and elsewhere in the world). Whatever you expect from its future development will be delivered. Inner quote mark (8/2020)

98 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Light yellow, a very youthful colour. The bouquet has substantial oak as well as some tropical fruit, cashew nut and fluffy yeast aromas. The palate is very intense and vibrant, with nervy acidity and richness to match, the aftertaste lingering on and on. A power-packed wine that is compact and tightly-packaged, latent like an unexploded bomb! Intense and sustained grapefruit and lemon aftertaste. An impressive, high-impact chardonnay of great potential. The sheer power of the fruit is awesome. - Huon Hooke (The Real Review) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Such complexity and resolve make for a very attractive nose with peaches, grapefruit, cedary oak spice, gunflint and wet stones. The palate has a plush, smoothly resolved texture with a rich, creamy texture and all-encompassing, ripe stone-fruit flavors, ahead of a very long, smooth finish. Grilled-hazelnut and apricot-kernel flavors to close. Great to drink now, but certainly a decade of cellaring in the tank, too. Inner quote mark (4/2020)

96 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Opens rich and lush, with grilled pineapple, ripe pear and fleshy apricot flavors. Details of mineral, lime skin and Meyer lemon add a fresh thread of acidity and a sense of precision, finishing with a note of sesame seed. Drink now through 2030. Inner quote mark (9/2020)

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By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/22/2020 | Send Email
Spiced peaches, eucalyptus, gunpowder and salt dominate the palate of this Chardonnay bottling, one of the only truly global benchmarks for the varietal from a country other than France. Rich and creamy, there is an obvious quality to this wine - from the texture to the flavor to the infinite, salty finish that embellishes the wines already established credentials. Exotic and effusive.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2020 | Send Email
Smelling this wine is almost a transcendent experience. It shows a perfect melange of floral elements, sweet baking spice, lovely citrusy melon fruit and herbs, namely tarragon. I can’t get enough! On the palate, the bright, acid-driven fruit rests atop a lovely lanolin texture that maintains great weight and vivacity at the same time. The finish is long and beautiful. This is one of the best chardonnays I’ve tasted in a long time.

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