2016 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay

Every now and then a wine comes along that screams perfection and is impossible to fault… I’ve enjoyed Art Series Chardonnay at 15-years of age.

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Windsor Dobbin 99 points
Ray Jordan 99
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Brand Leeuwin Estate
Region Margaret River
Varietal Chardonnay
Size 750ml
Alcohol % 13.5%
Vintage 2016
Country Australia

Description

Art Series is Leeuwin Estate's pinnacle Chardonnay with 2016 being the 40th vintage and a recent recipient of 99+/100 from long time West Australian wine critic Ray Jordan. Ray might have gone to 100/100, only he subscribes to the Huon Hooke philosophy there are no perfect wines. However, every now and then a wine comes along that screams perfection and is impossible to fault… this 2016 is that wine, but is yet to show its finest traits. I’ve enjoyed Art Series Chardonnay at 15-years of age, and it tasted like it might go another 15-years in the cellar. Aged vines, possibly the world’s most consistent climate, uncompromising viticulture and winemaking… this is a complete personification of the best of new and old world winemaking. The Art for this 2016 was by Kim Maple and titled “Influence”… Kim must be over the moon his work of art is the face for a Chardonnay work of art, that someone will likely bestow a perfect score on. Perfectly balanced in its youth you could open it tonight… but I recommend buying a few bottles of this hedonistic Chardonnay to savour over the next 10-30 years if well stored.

Smells

Elegant floral aromas with peach, pear, flint, brioche, nougat and seductive nuttiness.

Tastes

Reminiscent of the greatest white Burgundies, very Batard Montrachet as it explodes across the palate unleashing its powerful concentration and creamy layers of texture whilst retaining its poise. Artful in every sense of the word, it will magnify in complexity over 1-3 decades. Right now, lemon curd, fresh lime, white peach and grapefruit skin are infused with subtle oak complexities of cinnamon, nutmeg and hazelnuts… a window to its stunning tenure ahead in the bottle, as is its unerring length. Create your most hedonistic seafood or poultry dish to do it justice.

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