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2015 Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay

Prelude Vineyards wines are made from fruit producing the most readily expressive wines, with the objective that they will drink well soon after release. Whilst still retaining ageing potential they impart typical Margaret River impact and character. The Prelude label celebrates Leeuwin’s association with the musical arts through the staging of the annual Leeuwin Concert Series.

Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.3%
Cellaring Potential: 8-10 years

The nose is bright and concentrated with subtle complexity, featuring lime, golden pear and white peach. Aromatic sweet spices of cinnamon and nutmeg with deeper tones of sesame, cashew and nougat provide depth and layers. Elevated jasmine floral notes enhance the purity and varietal expression. Definitively modern Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay; the palate exudes vibrancy with delicate textures. The intensity of pear, lime and lemon across the palate is threaded with a finite acid spine that is laced with spice and savoury notes, leading to a seamless and elegant finish.

95 points

"If you didn't know about its Art Series sibling, you would be perfectly happy to accept this as a high class part of the Leeuwin Estate portfolio (which in a sense it is). A beautifully balanced wine, in terms both of its suite of stone fruit, citrus and pear flavours, and of the subtle barrel-ferment oak inputs. Its length is no less impressive."

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2018 Edition

92 points

"Orange sherbet, Key lime and Meyer lemon flavors are fresh, bold and vibrant, with crisp acidity, a smooth, succulent body and an aromatic, spicy finish. Drink now through 2023."

MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator Insider, September 2017

92 points

"Pear and lime, whiff of butter and cloves, toast and vanilla. Full flavoured, lemon curd on buttered toast, pears studded with spice, subtle warmth and contrast of cool acidity. Finishes savoury and almost chalky, with sure length of flavour. Bolder Chardonnay done well."

Gary Walsh, thewinefront.com.au

92 points / Editors' Choice

"From one of Margaret River's leading Chardonnay producers, the 2015 Prelude doesn't disappoint. It's a nutty, smokey, toasty, melony beauty. Perfectly in balance, with a chalky texture and medium to light body, it wears its heart on its sleeve and is drinking perfectly now, but will gain more even more complexity with a few years in bottle."

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