WINE REVIEWS

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Wine reviews for future or past releases can be sourced by emailing lucy@leeuwinestate.com.au.

“This is the closest I have come to awarding a wine 100 points. Tempted briefly. But sorry guys, I’m philosophically opposed to awarding any wine 100 points. So it gets 99-plus. And having been fortunate to have tasted each Art Series chardonnay, most on release, I’m happy to put my neck out and say this is the finest yet released. It’s a wine that shows the continued pursuit to improve on the near perfection of previous vintages which seems to be the Leeuwin mantra.”

99-plus points.

Ray Jordan, The West Australian, 27 February 2021

“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.”

99 points. Chardonnay Award Winning Varietal.

James Halliday, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion

“The wine is very intense and powerful, full-bodied and well structured, the cassis flavours rocketing through on the very extended finish and aftertaste. A majestic cabernet.”

97 points.

Huon Hooke, The Real Review, 13 March 2021

“The same layers of complexity and spice as the 2017, with all the ripe fruit and power hallmarks of the 2018 vintage. Bouncy and chewy, the tannins are woven into the fruit… Cool-climate elegance is the lasting impression of this wine, as is the fine, chalky tannin profile that ultimately carries the fruit over the course of the palate. Very detailed. Margaret River can be responsible for seriously beautiful shiraz – this is one.”

96 points.

Erin Larkin, 2022 Halliday Wine Companion, August 2021

“Beautifully fresh fruit aromas with lime and apple notes, leading to a palate that has a crisp, crunchy feel with attractive lemon and tropical-fruit flavors, tightly wrapped together. Drink now. Screw cap.”

93 points.

Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, March 2020

“A beautifully pure and intensely flavoured Riesling that shows what you can do with this variety in Margaret River in a very good year. It was fast and furious but the quality, if not the quantity, was outstanding. Talcy lemon zest with a tight core. A degree of tension through the palate but there are appealing fruit characters.  Quite a textured Riesling but still with a fine acidity to provide a precise long finish.”

94 points.

Ray Jordan, The West Australian, February 2021

“Leeuwin Estate is renowned for its famous Art Series chardonnay… Leeuwin’s next level down is the Prelude, a wine that many wineries would be tickled pink to have as their top chardonnay. A generous vintage has produced this generous wine.”

93/100.

Ray Jordan, The West Australian, 19 August 2021

“In case you missed, it, ’18 may be the greatest cabernet and chardonnay vintage in living memory in Margaret River. So goes it for the Prelude: sheer density of fruit and rippling length of flavour are the calling cards. Bargain at the price.”

96 points.

Erin Larkin, 2022 Halliday Wine Companion, August 2021

“This is a juicy, fresh, medium-weight red with ripe red berries and a gently sinewy, spicy and vivacious palate. Drink in the next five years. Screw cap.”

90 points.

Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, March 2020

“The palate is laced with blackcurrant and lychee, shaped by creamy, fine phenolic grip through the mid palate. Pretty, aromatic and lithe… epic value for money.”

92 points.

Erin Larkin, 2022 Halliday Wine Companion, August 2021

“100% shiraz, some barrel ferment, but largely tank fermented for freshness and fruit purity. Really generous fruit, juicy and bright, both on the nose and palate. The little lick of RS (2g/l) through the finish is balanced and attractive. There is some additional drive, spice and structure from the barrel-fermented component. The fruit speaks of raspberry and pomegranate. Spicy and fine.”

93 points.

Erin Larkin, 2022 Halliday Wine Companion, August 2021