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. Featuring state-of-the art facilities, the winery building was opened in 1978, celebrating with a trial vintage. Leeuwin enjoyed its first commercial vintage in 1979, and was thrust into the international spotlight when Decanter Magazine gave its highest recommendation to the 1980 "Art Series" Chardonnay in an international blind tasting.
What The Critics Say
98/100 James Halliday
"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
95/100 Huon Hooke
"Very light, bright straw/green colour, with a restrained, delicate, fresh aroma of smoky oak and low-level sulfides nuances over melon fruit and a hint of grapefruit. The wine is delicate and restrained yet intense in the mouth: a masterful combination of refinement and tension, with definite but subtle flavour. Clean, dry finish and good length. A lovely discreet style. (NB. Very understated for Leeuwin!)." Drink 2017 - 2024
96/100 Decanter Magazine, Philip Rich (2012 vintage)
"Great to see Margaret River’s most recognized Chardonnay in such good form. This has all the power one associates with Leeuwin – with the 100% new oak being totally absorbed by the fruit – while the palate is textured, balanced and extremely long."
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