What was once a humble cattle farm in Margaret River has now become one of the most iconic wine producing estates in Australia.
A special site identified by iconic Napa Valley winemaker, Robert Mondavi in 1972, Denis and Tricia Horgan took his advise and planted vineyards with the dream of becoming a world-class producer of premium wine.
Leeuwin Estate’s first commercial release was in 1979. Now family owned for two generations, theirs is one of the brightest stars in Australian wine. Their iconic Art Series range is now one of the most collectable in the country.
They are celebrated around the world as one of the finest producers of Chardonnay in particular to be found anywhere on the planet.
Always an exceptional expression of Margaret River Shiraz, allowing it to perform to its highest level. Tense, energetic, beautifully medium-bodied and deftly concentrated. Red and blue fruits, lifted choc/ coffee notes then some Rhoney spiced meat flavours roll through the palate. The overall feel is one of extreme quality – this is luxury Shiraz drinking without excessive weight or alcohol.
Taste: Fermentation included 20% whole bunches, and the wine was matured in second and third use barrels for a total of 18 months. Vivid crimson in colour, there’s a fabulously peppery aromatic, with loads of violet too, and charming blueberry and plum depth of fruit. A really attractive cooler climate style. In the mouth there’s abundant sweet black fruit, quite glossy and ripe, but with a cherry skin grip of more tart fruit that gives an edge. The cedary barrel component adds more grip, as does a firm tannin quality and plenty of acid grip. The finishing impression is of freshness in among the more succulent fruit characters