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.
Pretty much everything in the Leeuwin Estate range sits in the shadow of the Art Series Chardonnay. But this shiraz is pretty good. It’s a creamy expression of Margaret River shiraz. It feels soft and smooth, aided by vanilla-accented oak. It tastes of cherry plum, bay leaf and clove, emphasis on the plum, with cedarwood and spice as afterthoughts. If you’re really oak-averse than this wine isn’t for you but for everyone else there’s a lot of pleasure to be had here. Rating: 93 Points; The Wine Front
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