Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay "Art Series" 2020 (Margaret River, Australia) - [WA 98] [DM 98] [JS 97] [JH 97] [WE 95] [WS 95]
Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay "Art Series" 2020 (Margaret River, Australia) - [WA 98] [DM 98] [JS 97] [JH 97] [WE 95] [WS 95]
Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay "Art Series" 2020 (Margaret River, Australia) - [WA 98] [DM 98] [JS 97] [JH 97] [WE 95] [WS 95]

Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay "Art Series" 2020
(Margaret River, Australia) - [WA 98] [DM 98] [JS 97] [JH 97] [WE 95] [WS 95]


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Notes from the Winemaker:
Leeuwin Estate releases wines under the Art Series, Prelude Vineyards and Siblings labels. The Art Series represents Leeuwins most opulent and age-worthy wines and are identified with paintings commissioned from leading contemporary Australian Artists. Prelude Vineyards wines are made from fruit producing the most readily expressive wines, with the objective that they will drink well soon after release, whilst the Siblings label celebrates family lineage and the three generations now leaving their footprints on Leeuwin Estate. They all share a place amongst the great wines of Australia, receiving much international acclaim and attention.


Tasting Notes

Elevated, fragrant and perfumed, the nose is defined by chamomile, lemon myrtle, cherry blossom and ginger. A core and concentrated fruit spectrum of pear, lemon flesh and white nectarine provide the foundation. There is a graphite, flint, and chalk thread, combining with nutmeg and almond meal.

Energetic and well poised, an array of fresh lime and nashi pear is laced throughout. The palate is ethereal, mineral and defined with a presence of natural acidity. There is an enticing element of saline, wet stone and phyllitic characteristic that weaves within. The shape and frame on the palate is present and focussed with effortless length.

Ratings & Reviews

98 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2020 vintage in Margaret River was moderate to warm and will be forever remembered for the incredibly compacted harvest period, which started two weeks earlier than the 2019 harvest before it and was all wrapped up by Easter—that's largely unheard of. The 2020 Art Series Chardonnay leads with power and density, not unlike the 2018 before it. Tight and green in the glass, you get salted pear, white peach, nectarine, red apple skins, preserved citrus and crushed shell. The wine has minerality and tension within the confines of the opulent fruit. Staggering length, as usual. The winemaking remains relatively consistent across the years: hand-picked fruit from Block 20 and 22 (planted in 1976 and 1978, respectively). Thirty percent of the cuvée was whole bunch pressed to 100% new Burgundian oak, while the balance was destemmed, crushed and pressed to 100% new Bordelais oak. Sulfured post-ferment in order to discourage malolactic fermentation, both components remain in barrel for 11 months. Super wine." Drink 2022-2047. - Erin Larkin (July 2023)

98 Points - Decanter:
This vintage is a triumph, with firm fruit surrounded by a rigid suit of armor that compresses its flanks and ratchets up the drama. This adds immeasurable length to the flavor without any diminuendo in power or persistence. The fruit is cradled with beautiful blonde oak and shot through with sublime pith and herb details allowing the flavors to transcend expectation.
 

97 Points - James Suckling:
"Tauter than vintages of yore, boasting complex aromas of pear distillate, citrus verbena, nougat, cashew, cedar-tinged oak and succulent white peach. Immaculately constructed, pure and rather wonderful. Founded on a tensile stream of pungent mineral, transcendental poise and scintillating length. There is little out of place here. Superb New World chardonnay. Drink or hold. Screw cap." (December 2023)

97 Points - James Halliday:

"A wine that tells the story of chardonnay's evolution in Margaret River and remains at the top of its game because it's a pure expression of place as much as the producer. It’s refreshing, classy and superfine, the acidity reining everything in and towards an outrageously long finish. Mesmerising." *Gold* -JF (8/2023)

 

95 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Vibrant lemon, honeydew melon, salty sea shell and toast open this unmistakably Margaret River Chard. A mineral streak of saline acidity crackles through the middle of the rich, textural mouthfeel, streamlining and providing refreshment amid the toast and lees characters. An impressive wine that deftly demonstrates this classic producer's—as well as this region's—Chardonnay prowess." - Christina Pickard
(December 2023)
 

95 Points - Wine Spectator:
"This stunning version is a fresh, sleek and precise expression of Chardonnay, with bright flavors of peach, lemon zest and candied ginger, plus floral notes of jasmine, orange blossom and dried sage. Hints of salted, buttery shortbread, green cardamom and toasted sesame seed linger on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2036. 350 cases imported." - MaryAnn Worobiec (April 2024)