High Art in 2012 Series
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.