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.
An abundace of bursting blackcurrants, boysenberries and mulberries glide between sweet and toasted spices of black cardamom, cinnamon quill and nutmeg. Offset are perfumed notes of violets, anise, dark chocolate, camphor and Sichuan peppercorns. The palate is finely poised, yet with a generous mid palate weight. Vibrant and opulent black and blue fruits mesh with dried cranberries, caramel and cocoa notes. The tannins are tactile and structural providing direction and length.
It's an interesting combination of predominantly shiraz plus 5 per cent malbec and one per cent viognier. Aromas are quite beautiful with cherry scents and a touch of floral apricot pith. The energy and lift in the palate appear to have been the result of 20 per cent whole bunch use. This is clearly one of the finest shiraz from Leeuwin, displaying complexity at another level. A hint of cracked pepper and licorice add to the complexity. Outstanding. Rating: 96 Points; Ray Jordan, Top 100 Reds 2019
Deep, bright purple/red colour with a intense, fresh, bright blackberry, spice, star anise aroma, and the palate is rich and fruit-sweet, charming and elegant as well as intense and flavoursome. It's superbly balanced and very attractively flavoured. A very smart shiraz. Rating: 93 Points; Huon Hooke, The Real Review
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