2016 Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay

The Prelude Vineyards label focuses on the benchmark varietals of the region and represent the first release Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from Leeuwin Estate each vintage. They are site expressive wines that encase the purity and clarity of fruit with a style that is readily expressive for earlier release. The label celebrates the Estate's association with the musical arts through the staging of the alfresco Leeuwin Concert Series.

Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.6%
Cellaring Potential: 8-10 years

$34.00 per bottle
$408.00 per case of 12
Total: $34.00
Minimum order: 12 bottles (Incl mixed case) inclusive of delivery to all Australian Capital Cities
Lifted and fragrant with an abundance of limes, Nashi pears, white peaches and baby pineapples. Heightened with notes of jasmine, frangipani and lemon blossom. Nuances of nougat, cashew and toasted almonds combine with brioche, brulee and mealy notes lying beneath. The palate is bright, well weighted with volume and presence, whilst maintaining focus and definition. Pink grapefruit, white nectarine and baked apple feature with diligent oak and subtle texture. The layered and contoured mid palate is finely checked with mineral acid thread.

94 points

"Death, taxes and the quality of Leeuwin Estate chardonnay. This may 'only' be the Prelude version but its quality is as clear as a bright blue sky. Pure stone fruit, sweet oak, pear and a cleansing flush of citrus through the finish. It builds, it satisfies and it refreshes. Elegance and power in one."

Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion

92 points

"Mighty good chardonnay to be sitting just below the famous Art Series. A slightly more restrained expression than some previous wines. It has a refreshing purity and liveliness, with plenty of grapefruit and lightly charry oak. A creamy cashew touch adds some smooth texture into the middle palate."

Ray Jordan, The West Australian, August 2017

92 points

"Leeuwin's "Prelude" chardonnay is routinely a pretty good offering. It's pure chardonnay. It's sunny, it's flavoursome, it's splashed with an appropriate level of oak and it remains fresh/frisky through the finish. Indeed there's almost a steeliness to this, and certainly a citrussy element, but it comes in the context of a wave of stonefruit and sweet, cedary flavour. Chardonnay 101, done well. Now or later."

Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au, June 2017