The Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay is a timeless representation of the Margaret River region. Tricia and Denis Horgan purchased the land in 1969 as a cattle farm, and under the advice of Napa Valley winemaker Robert Mondavi, who identified it as ideal for premium wine production, transformed it into Leeuwin Estate.
The unirrigated Block 20 Vineyard is planted with the Gin Gin clone and is Margaret River chardonnay’s mother vineyard. Now more than 40 years old, many cuttings from this vineyard were used to establish the region’s wineries, with the pristine fruit definition and winemaking philosophies of Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay inspiring other local producers to follow suit. The Gin Gin clone and Margaret River chardonnay are inseparably linked as a result of the Horgans’ vision.
Leeuwin Estate’s Art Series wines are the most opulent and age-worthy in their collection, complemented by paintings commissioned by leading contemporary Australian artists.
Moderate, Mediterranean conditions allow the vines to grow under very little stress, on top of a gravelly soil profile. Fruit is hand picked, fermented in new French oak barriques and matured in the same barrel for 11 months. Bâttonage protects the wine and enhances texture, complexity and structure.
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay is a long-lived, fine-boned Australian chardonnay showing superb fruit definition, clarity and regional provenance. The palate is creamy, yet a fine line of acid cuts across giving life and incredible length. Bottle ageing results in greater harmony with grapefruit and melon aromas and complex lanolin nuances, tightly bound by mineral acidity.
2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1987.
Bottled under screwcap since the 2004 vintage.