High Art in 2012 Se­ries

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine - with John Jens

LEEUWIN Es­tate has re­leased 33 Art Se­ries Chardon­nays since the 1980 ini­tial vin­tage.

They are un­ques­tion­ably Australia’s most con­sis­tent great chardon­nay pro­duc­ers over those decades, and the three most re­cent vin­tage re­leases, the 2010, 2011 and 2012, merely con­firm that sta­tus.

In the past 12 months, the 2011 Leeuwin Art Se­ries Chardon­nay was awarded James Hal­l­i­day’s Wine Com­pan­ion Chardon­nay of the Year.

It was more re­cently se­lected as the num­ber five wine in the Amer­i­can Wine

Spec­ta­tor’s (the world’s most in­flu­en­tial com­mer­cially avail­able wine mag­a­zine) Top 100 In­ter­na­tional Wines for 2014 – which is based on price, quan­tity and qual­ity.

The 2010 vin­tage is even bet­ter drink­ing at the mo­ment.

The 2012 Leeuwin Es­tate Art Se­ries has just been re­leased.

This wine has all of the great length of Australia’s finest white wines but is of a change of style in that it is leaner, less vis­cous and op­u­lent and has slightly more beau­ti­ful bal­ance and tex­tur­ing, with high- qual­ity fine­grained oak char­ac­ters.

It is of a higher- qual­ity Euro­pean style than the usu­ally fuller Mar­garet River ex­am­ples.

Leeuwin Es­tate’s chardon­nays con­sis­tently hit their best at eight to 12 years of age and then grad­u­ally im­prove for ap­prox­i­mately eight to 10 years, so this wine will still be mag­nif­i­cent in 2030. Drink 2017-2030.

The chardon­nay’s great, lean and dry length, mag­nif­i­cent fin­ish and af­ter- taste en­sure that it is an­other clas­sic that is amongst Leeuwin’s eight to 10 great­est chardon­nay re­leases.

This im­me­di­ately puts the wine amongst the top 20 Aus­tralian chardon­nays ever made.

18.9 points and RRP $100+

2012 Leeuwin Es­tate Art Se­ries Chardon­nay.

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