2015 Art Series Chardonnay

 The “Art Series” represents Leeuwin’s most opulent & ageworthy wines from each vintage. They are identified with paintings commissioned from leading contemporary Australian artists.

Variety: 100% Chardonnay 
Alcohol: 14.00% 
Cellaring Potential: 15 years 
Artwork: Ginger Wikilyiri & Bernard Tjalkuri, entitled 'Tjukurpa Tjuta 2014'

$104.00 per bottle
$1248.00 per case of 12
Total: $104.00
Minimum order: 12 bottles (Incl mixed case) inclusive of delivery to all Australian Capital Cities
Classical pear skin, lime and white peach fruit spectrum defines the nose, amidst sweeter notes of nougat, sesame brittle and brioche. It is concentrated and complex with subtle fragrant jasmine and savoury flint and wet stone. A tightly directed palate, yet with enviable length. Woven layers of lemon curd, cut lime and grapefruit pith penetrate throughout the palate with a distinctive mineral thread. Delicate oak use presents gentle complexing notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and hazelnuts.

99 points

"I have over the years tasted every Leeuwin Art Series chardonnay and I rate the 2015 the greatest. It is the first white wine I have awarded 99 points."

Ray Jordan, June 2018, The West Australian

"Balance is born - my favourite wine mantra, and 2015 is exquisitely balanced from birth. '15 Art Series is a rare wine that shows immense presence and a flirtatious edge to its character..."

Matthew Jukes 2018, Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2018/19

96 points

"Pear, honey biscuits, some lime, aniseed, and firm cedar and spice oak, though it's not overdone. Full-bodied, glossy texture, some white flower perfume in with pear and melon, ripe lime acidity and flavour, toasty wood in the mix, and a very long powerful finish, dusted with fine oak tannin and citrus zest. Kind of emphatic in style, but potent too, and while that's true enough, I'd also say that this wine is becoming more refined and stylish, and the drinkability is on the rise too. Anyway, it's a very good release."

Gary Walsh, August 2018, thewinefront.com.au

95 points, Wine Number 38, Top 100

"Supple and creamy up front, with precision to the nutmeg, lemon curd, verbena and mandarin orange flavors, which are intense and harmonious, the elegant body and lingering accents of ginger and citrus zest elevating this white to something special. Drink now through 2028."

MaryAnn Worobiec, August 2018, Wine Spectator

17.5 / 20

"... there is so much quality of fruit here, and it deserves your full attention."

Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2018

94 points

"This beast from the west is in great shape in 2015. It delivers that heady mix of rich and powerful peaches and citrus on the nose, which are framed in nicely integrated oak. The palate has a luscious, full texture, delivering a punchy array of powerful citrus and stone fruit. Drink or hold. Screw cap."

James Suckling's Top 100 Australian Wines of 2018

96 points

"Potent primary fruit, perfume and pose are the hallmarks of this long-lived classic - though thanks to earlier picking, less new oak and no malolactic, it has become sleeker. The expressive 2015 shows layers of heady oak, rock melon, dried pear, peach, pineapple, nougat and buttered popcorn. A relentless push of grapefruit acidity leavens and provides backbone and drive."

Sarah Ahmed, Decanter

97 points

"Time and again, Leeuwin\'s Chardonnay comes out top in blind (and open) tastings. It directly reflects the God-given site of the vineyard in the cooler southern part of the region. Its balance, its length and its thrust of grapefruit and cashew are perfection. "

James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine