2016 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
Cellaring Potential: 15 years
Artwork: Kim Maple, entitled 'Influence'
$1248.00 per case of 12
"A marvellous wine that continues to mark the subtle shift to a style of more elegance and minerally finesse. There is such gorgeous texture and middle palate complexity here, with precise delivery through to a very long finish. Spices with floral notes, a touch savoury and understated mealiness that is part of this wine's DNA. What a fitting wine to mark the 50th anniversary of Leeuwin Estate. (Best drinking: Now to 2032)"
Ray Jordan, The Weekend West Magazine, 23 March 2019
"Staw-green in colour and powerful from the outset. Pure, juicy pear, white peach, sparks of spice, cedar wood and wood smoke. The flavours trigger each other, the finish then a powerful sling out and onwards. Its beauty is entirely worthy of admiration. Exactly where the power stops and the delicacy starts is difficult to tell, though it seems to happen at some point, even if the wine's insistence never lets up. The quality march of Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay is relentless. "
Campbell Mattinson, 2020 Halliday Wine Companion
"Very light colour for its age and the bouquet is likewise fresh and young and unevolved. There are subtle grapefruit, spice and nougat aromas and the oak is taking a back-seat. The wine is still tight and reserved, and really needs to be cellared. It's concentrated and will reveal much more if given time. It has outstanding length and finesse. Great potential."
Huon Hooke, The Real Review, May 2019
"Refined and elegant, this white is supple, yet intense and precise, with lemon curd, apricot, honeycomb and mandarin orange flavours, accented by floral and mineral details. The secret weapon here is the sleek acidity, which weaves in and out, giving the flavours definition and verve. Drink now through 2034. Leeuwin's Art Series Chardonnay is an Australian classic, a reference point for stylish and expressive cool-climate Margaret River Chardonnays... The resulting fresh fruit flavors, bright acidity and supple texture make this Chardonnay one of the most distinctive wines from Australia."
MaryAnn Worobiec, July 2019, Wine Spectator
"2016 was an outstanding year, with an early, fine summer with daily sea breezes. Slightly above-average January and February temperatures were offset by a welcome 90mm of January rain. Markedly floral, there's a white blossom character to both nose and back-palate. It's a concentrated wine with gently granular fresh and dried pear notes, accompanied by silkier white peach. Succulent, ripe lemony acidity is well integrated and gently sheathed by nougat-inflected creamy lees. Lovely lithe mouthfeel and beautiful harmony. Drinking Window 2019 - 2035."
Sarah Ahmed, Decanter Magazine, May 2019
"The Art Series range represents Leeuwin's most elegant and cellar-worthy wines from each vintage, and while I have no doubt this will cellar well, it will call for great willpower to not drink it right now because it is magnificent in its youth. With striking artwork from Kim Maple, entitled Influence, the wine lives up to to its billing as an Australian classic. It is a chardonnay of poise and precision, at once delicate and at the same time assertive it has the core strength of a ballerina. With layers of flavour including flintiness, nuts, Asian spices and bright, tight fruit on the grapefruit/ Packham pear side in of the spectrum this is downright delicious. This one merits 99/100."
Winsor Dobbin, Wine of the Week, April 2019
"Plush, resplendent and regal, this is a wine which soars on the palate. I admire this company so much and this is yet another incredible vintage for Leeuwin. I left this bottle open in my kitchen for four days, occasionally popping back to see what changes had occurred on the nose and palate. It was a fascinating exercise, looking pristine at every juncture. I wonder if this will be one of the longest-lived wines in their history. Either way, this is a monumental creation which will not start drinking for at least five years... "
Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2019/20
"Love the aromas of coconut and pralines with cooked apple, lemon and pecan-pie undertones. Medium-to full-bodied, layered and complete with a juicy and savory aftertaste. Delicious all round. Drink now. Screw cap."
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