Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Leeuwin Estate is one of the founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district.
In 1972, legendary Napa Valley winemaker, Robert Mondavi, first identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard as being ideal for the production of premium wine and provided early mentorship to Denis and Tricia Horgan who founded Leeuwin Estate in 1974. The initial vineyards were planted by hand over a five year period from 1975. Maintaining a team of highly skilled and dedicated winemakers, Leeuwin Estate is now under the direction of two generations of the founding family.
Dark ruby red with a black core. Vibrant and concentrated fruit aroma of abundant blackcurrant, dark cherries and mulberry. Beneath the lifted aromatics of anise, cocoa, clove, black olive and earthy wild field mushroom provide elegant layers to a highly expressive and complex nose. Structure and fruit weight work harmoniously on the palate, characterized by a dark fruit core of blackcurrant and forest fruits. Savoury spices of dried sage, cassia bark, and tobacco gives subtle texture, and combines with diligent oak integration and a fine acid line. All components arrive to a finish featuring slightly chalky cocoa powder-like tannins.
This is the Mouton-Rothschild of Australia. Incredibly complex aromas of black currants, spice, cigar box and berry. Full body, fantastic palate with round and polished tannins. Goes for minutes. Better in 2017. Screw cap. Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 97 Points; James Suckling
20% hand-picked, 80% machine-harvested, destemmed, cultured yeast, matured for 21 months in French oak (40% new). The headline, the main text and the footnotes all say one thing and one thing only: purity. And I suppose I should add elegance. They simply don't come better in this mode. Price: $68.00; Drink To: 2042; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday
A bold, muscular style. Hi-fi chocolate, blackberry and cedar aromas, showing classy oak and full-ripe cabernet fruit. Full-bodied, powerful, and youthful with masses of good, ripe tannins. It will age wonderfully. Rating: 96 Points; Gourmet Traveller Wine
Deep, bright purple/red colour. The bouquet is also bold and bright, fresh and clean, with hi-fi chocolate and blackberry flavours, full body and powerful aftertaste. A big, bold, full-bodied cabernet with loads of panache. Muscular, concentrated, great tannins. It just needs time to mellow out a bit. Outstanding cabernet. Drink 2019 to 2039; Rating: 96 Points; Huon Hooke
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