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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.

It’s thick with spicy cedar oak, yes, but you taste and swallow, and the length of flavour is just staggering. Oak, fruit power, and length is the Leeuwin formula, with bottle age the key to unlocking it. As at now there’s clove spice, ginger and cedar oak, nashi pear, Tiny Teddies, melon and white flowers. It’s full bodied, spicy and smooth, intense and quite flinty, with cool integrated acidity, and a startlingly long finish. Very much a classic Leeuwin here. Perhaps one of their best. Tasted: May 2017; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $99; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2019-2034; Rating: 96 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

Part hand, part machine-picked, part wild and part cultured yeast, matured for 11 months in new French oak. Incredibly youthful quartz-green colour; a great chardonnay, its intensity and length right up there with the best prior vintages; white peach and nectarine open the batting, pink grapefruit coming swiftly thereafter, creamy/nutty oak almost lost in the crowd. If this weren't enough, the aftertaste is a work of art, complete in itself. Drink by: 2029; Price: $95.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2017; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 98 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion

There have been many challengers tot his great chardonnay, yet still it stands supreme as one of the finest in the land. This is a finer and more delicate example but one that still has the sustained power and deep intensity that distinguishes it. Pear and white peach aromas laced with a light touch of almond meal and grapefruit. Appears slightly more minerally and precise than some previous wines. Holds a very tight line through to the finish. Interesting style shift. Rating: 98 Points; Ray Jordan; WA Wine Guide

 

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