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

“This marks the continuing evolution of shiraz from Leeuwin Estate – this is pretty close to the best since the project to kick start this variety was launched some years ago. It has a sumptuous fruity mix on the palate with gravelly textured tannins and neatly weighted oak, which is a mix of new and slightly older.”

96 points.

Ray Jordan, The West Australian, February 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

“Late January rain refreshed this unirrigated vineyard, and perfectly ripe Chardonnay was harvested in early March. Burgundy clones and an element of natural ferment with turbid juice give a savoury accent and pillowy, creamy, oatmeal tones, while perfumed pear and white peach flesh out a persistent backbone of zesty lime acidity. Burgundian barrels (40% new) add classy toasted hazelnut and vanilla nuances. Well made, complete and raring to go.”

93 points.

Sarah Ahmed, Decanter Premium, March 2021

“After berry sorting and cold soak fermentation in open and closed fermenters with pumping over three times daily, mlf in barrel plus 9 months maturation, further barrel selections in French barriques with rackings timed by a lunar calendar. The taming of the tannin is complete, the cabernet varietal character clear cut.”

93 points

James Halliday, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion

“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

“Margaret River’s Leeuwin Estate is best known for its ‘Art Series’ Chardonnay and increasingly impressive cabernets and shiraz. Its entry level 2020 sauvignon blanc is a ripper. Subtle aromas build in the glass, showing grassy, green bean aromas. The palate is vibrant and deep with fresh garden peas, ripe peach and tropical fruit flavours. The finish is crisp, zesty and long”.

Best of the Best 2021 under $25

Peter Forrestal, Money Magazine, November 2020