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Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Artist Series 2011

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#5 of Wine Spectator Top 100 in 2014. "Rich, ripe and generous, this is deftly balanced to lift the pear, mango, floral and spice flavors with gentle acidity. Comes together on the supple, seductive finish, showing tremendous depth and intensity without losing any charm. Drink now through 2025...96" WS 12/14 "Leeuwin’s iconic Art Series Chardonnay consistently scores in the classic range. Ripe, complex flavors are its hallmarks thanks to estate vines in Margaret River, on the country’s west coast, that average 39 years of age. The 2011 represents a shift to a subtler style. Despite warm, dry weather in 2011, winemaker Paul Atwood corralled the generous flavors into a steelier frame than previous vintages, and the tart edge balances a hint of tropical fruit character. Leeuwin was founded in 1974 by the Horgan family, and released its first commercial vintage in 1979."

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Leeuwin Estate:
After an extensive search in 1972 to identify the most suitable Australian area for the production of premium varietal wines, Robert Mondavi singled out a small plot of land in the Margaret River region. At the time a cattle farm, Leeuwin Estate evolved under the direction of owners Denis and Tricia Horgan, with Mondavi acting as consultant and mentor. The Estate was thrust into the internation... Read more
After an extensive search in 1972 to identify the most suitable Australian area for the production of premium varietal wines, Robert Mondavi singled out a small plot of land in the Margaret River region. At the time a cattle farm, Leeuwin Estate evolved under the direction of owners Denis and Tricia Horgan, with Mondavi acting as consultant and mentor. The Estate was thrust into the international spotlight when Decanter magazine awarded their highest recommendation to the 1980 Art Series Chardonnay. Now under the direction of two generations of the founding family, the Estate is recognized as one of Australia’s leading wine producers and wine tourism pioneers. Featured three times in the prestigious category of “International Winery of the Year” by U.S. Wine & Spirits magazine, Leeuwin Estate wines nconsistently rank alongside the world’s finest. Read less

#5 of Wine Spectator Top 100 in 2014. "Rich, ripe and generous, this is deftly balanced to lift the pear, mango, floral and spice flavors with gentle acidity. Comes together on the supple, seductive finish, showing tremendous depth and intensity without losing any charm. Drink now through 2025...96" WS 12/14 "Leeuwin’s iconic Art Series Chardonnay consistently scores in the classic range. Ripe, complex flavors are its hallmarks thanks to estate vines in Margaret River, on the country’s west coast, that average 39 years of age. The 2011 represents a shift to a subtler style. Despite warm, dry weather in 2011, winemaker Paul Atwood corralled the generous flavors into a steelier frame than previous vintages, and the tart edge balances a hint of tropical fruit character. Leeuwin was founded in 1974 by the Horgan family, and released its first commercial vintage in 1979."

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