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Leeuwin

Chardonnay Margaret River Art Series 2011

96

Score

$89

Price

600

Cases Imported

Leeuwin’s iconic Art Series Chardonnay consistently scores in the classic range. Ripe, complex flavors are its hallmarks thanks to estate vines in Margaret River, on the country’s west coast, that average 39 years of age. The 2011 represents a shift to a subtler style. Despite warm, dry weather in 2011, winemaker Paul Atwood corralled the generous flavors into a steelier frame than previous vintages, and the tart edge balances a hint of tropical fruit character. Leeuwin was founded in 1974 by the Horgan family, and released its first commercial vintage in 1979.

Leeuwin Estate's Chardonnay vineyards in Margaret River, a fairly warm region where the wines are rich in flavor.

Denis Horgan founded Leeuwin Estate with his wife, Tricia, in 1974. Photo by Frances Andrijich

Tasting Note:

Rich, ripe and generous, this is deftly balanced to lift the pear, mango, floral and spice flavors with gentle acidity. Comes together on the supple, seductive finish, showing tremendous depth and intensity without losing any charm. Drink now through 2025. — Harvey Steiman

  • Special Designation: Highly Recommended
  • Region: Western Australia
  • Issue Date: Dec. 31, 2014