Restraint, elegance, refinement. This Art Series beauty has definitely been supported by one of the best finishing schools in Australia – that is Leeuwin Estate. They have let the natural Chardonnay assets come through, without appearing overworked by a cheap Bali plastic surgeon.
The Chardonnay fruit is fine focused and intense, quite lean and lithe at this point in time. More citrus – lemon zest and pink grapefruit, with subtle roast nuts and warm spicy oak adding more weight and savoury hints. Generally I only have Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay with a few years of age, so it’s interesting to see its purity as a new release.
At first I thought they had changed the winemaking, but talking to Simone Furlong (Leeuwin’s joint Chief Executive) she advised that no major changes have been made to the Chardonnay. It is amazing how it develops and changes with time. One to be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years. Or while listening to the Leeuwin Estate Concert.
Source: Savour Oz tasting