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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 95 
TypeWhite
ProducerLeeuwin Estate (web)
VarietyChardonnay
DesignationArt Series
Vineyardn/a
CountryAustralia
RegionWestern Australia
SubRegionSouth West Australia
AppellationMargaret River
UPC Code(s)767749006501

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2014 (based on 21 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.3 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 91 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by cliftonng on 1/17/2016 & rated 90 points: Complex nose with stone fruit still present. It is well balanced on the palate, with richness, buttery oak and a long finish. (150 views)
 Tasted by V64 on 9/16/2015: Ladies Night - One was better than the other. The more oxidised showed on the nose and lacked the fruit intensity, smoothness of the other. Nose was complex , with secondary characters dominating, slightly raceno. Palate was long and was a great food wine on the night. (707 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 3/28/2015 & rated 94 points: During a wine diner. Medium yellow. The nose of this was extremely citrusy at first, almost too much. It mellowed then with a bit of air. More aromas of minerals and white fruit came, lemongrass, little oak. On the palate this was very fresh with rich fruit. Nothing heavy here. Chablis style. Great aromatic persistency. Also impressive for its age. (1696 views)
 Tasted by hargy on 2/26/2015 & rated 89 points: Certainly one of the best Australian chardonnays made with a gentle touch. It seems the fruit is starting to fade on the evidence of this bottle so drink soon. (1441 views)
 Tasted by mjfaulkner on 1/14/2015 & rated 90 points: This still possesses rich, opulent fruit. A nice light touch of oak on finish. Elegant and satisfying. At peak (1482 views)
 Tasted by bibhau on 12/29/2014 & rated 93 points: This wine has a wonderful slightly dark golden color, buttery taste, soft tannins, we loved it. Getting near its end would suggest to drink now. I have 2 bottles left from the original case and will consume shortly. (1386 views)
 Tasted by Thilo on 11/23/2014 & rated 92 points: Color medium gold. Nose shows lemon oil, vanilla, and spice. On the palate, mature citrus and subtle spices framed by still prevalent oak. Finish is long and satisfying. A big chardonnay done very well. (1234 views)
 Tasted by hkm520240 on 7/26/2014 & rated 94 points: Light golden yellow, fresh and subtle bouquet of pear, peach, almond, yellow fruits, touch of vanilla with slight creamy character.
It has mellowed down on palate, showing beautiful balance and harmony. Lemon curd, ripe pear, melon, slight nutty with toasty oak has fully integrated. Good palate weight and intensity with crisp acidity backbone and seamless mid-palate, it has shed some fats and shine with elegant mouthfeel. Lingering aftertaste, long and satisfying. Such an age-worthy Chardonnay, lovely. I found myself enjoy a lot more on the aged Art Series Chardonnay than when it is young. (1431 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/24/2014 & rated 90 points: Expressive bouquet with a lot of yellow tropical fruits. Same on the palate. Limestone minerals, vanilla, some nuts, caramel and pleasant bitterness. Mild acidity. Good concentration and completely ready now. (751 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 1/25/2014 & rated 94 points: Light medium yellow color; appealing, lemon curd, light lemon oil, almond, ripe pear, apricot nose; rich, creamy textured, lemon curd, lemon custard, mineral palate with medium acidity; long finish (577 views)
 Tasted by mclanew on 11/13/2013 & rated 95 points: I almost fell off my chair when I tasted this. It was still a baby showing almost no signs of age after ten years. Peach, touch of tropical fruit and minerals. Beautiful structure and subtlety on the finish. (2396 views)
 Tasted by johbev on 9/8/2013 & rated 94 points: Very nice at this point. Last bottle unfortunately.
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 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 7/20/2013: Beautiful on the palate yet hazelnutty on the nose just after the cork pull. We will see where it goes but to me its time to fire them off and get it done! (2660 views)
 Tasted by Thilo on 4/21/2013 & rated 92 points: Really liked this. Has held up incredibly well. Color is a slightly chartreuse gold (typical for Leeuwin). Nose shows lemon oil and oak. On the palate, the fruit is still evident after 10 years, now more integrated with the Oak. A sense of roundness finishing with a nice acidity complete this very nice New World Chardonnay. (2758 views)
 Tasted by Alex H on 1/4/2013 & rated 88 points: Much fresher racier with Chablis like minerality and Limey acidity than the last bottle I had. Crisp chard with touch of richness but otherwise quite sleek and svelte. This bottle I noticed was stelvin screw cap while the previous two bottlings were cork closure. Hmmm it does make a difference for whites. (3052 views)
 Tasted by hkm520240 on 12/22/2012 & rated 93 points: HWZ wine lunch on Saturday afternoon (The University Club): Bright golden yellow, Fresh and expressive nose of pear, pineapple, tropical fruits and quite a strong toasty, buttery oak.
Full on the palate and yet has good freshness, with ripe pear, pineapple and a hints of mineral. It has strong oak influence as it was aged in 100% new French oak for 18 months, but it was very well integrated and not taste like an oak monster at all. End with a nice and lingering finish.
This bottle bottled with screw cap and taste very much different from drinking from a cork closure, this is more powerful, fresher and long contrast to the more developed, subtle and elegant palate of the cork closure. I am happy the remaining 2 more bottles I have are bottled in screw cap which I reckon can keep for another few more years. (2288 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/16/2012 & rated 90 points: wow high acid: great with salmon tartare, creme fraiche. This is the last cork vintage, clear why they went to ml and oak, but love this chablis style. drink window is short, this could go on a decade. (1824 views)
 Tasted by ILarsen on 11/10/2012 & rated 91 points: A nice oaky buttery chardonay - lemon colour - medium+ body also medium acidty good finish - some minerality also clear - good long finish a very good wine. (1765 views)
 Tasted by lassus on 5/27/2012 & rated 94 points: Upon opening I was initially disappointed - seemed very flat and maybe past its prime. But within 15 minutes it resembled the wine that stunned me when I tasted it at the winery in 2006. A superb balance of
fruit, acidity, and oak. Nearly a perfect Chardonnay to my taste. (2038 views)
 Tasted by Alex H on 3/11/2012 & rated 84 points: Oaky buttery lemon curd. High acidity but also very rich fruits. Big on all sides. Nice as expressive. Has limestone minerality at the tip. Still v napaish but better than last bottle. (2086 views)
 Tasted by clairenclarence on 3/5/2012 & rated 91 points: sign of aging.slightly over butterly.the citrus fruits nt vibrant enuff to balance the wine.its so much different tasted a yr ago.overall stil a decent bttl.overall remarks.for those who like butterly taste with decent citrus fruits,tis is the bttl (2268 views)
 Tasted by hkm520240 on 2/17/2012 & rated 91 points: Drank from cork closure. Light golden yellow, subtle nose of melon, tropical fruits and buttery oak. The palate is beautifully subtle and balance with tropical fruits, melon and hints of minerality. This bottle has aged so well and the oak was fully integrated. Very enjoyable at this moment and very much different from my previous experience from screw cap, fresh and robust. (1568 views)
 Tasted by jonradus on 2/5/2012 & rated 93 points: Decanted this badboy. Took a while to open up but when it did it was great. Tastes like a corton charlemagne. Lots of lemony goodness with great acidity and a monster mineral tone. This is a great wine. Wish I had more...a boatload more. Or maybe just a case. (1967 views)
 Tasted by St Paul on 1/20/2012 & rated 92 points: impressing. I had it blind and it is one of the best Australian Chards I ever had. Complex sweet fruit and good length. (2116 views)
 Tasted by paulfeeney on 12/22/2011 & rated 92 points: My favorite Australian white wine, with the expectations to match. But when compared to many other vintages this wine does not seem to be as well balanced, with oak a little too obvious - especially for a wine of 8 years (almost 9 years).
That being said it is still a wonderful wine with a long palate and that classic silky mouth feel of aged whites. There was still some youn fruit at the front.
I will continue to buy this wine. Recommend giving any leeuwin art series Chardonnay at least 7 years before approaching. (2306 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/16/2007)
(Leeuwin Estate, Art Series Chardonnay Margaret River White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, July/August 2006, IWC Issue #127
(Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series Margaret River) Subscribe to see review text.
By James Halliday
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion (2/3/2006)
(Leeuwin Estate Art Series Margaret River Chardonnay) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/25/2014)
(Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series) Light medium yellow color; appealing, lemon curd, light lemon oil, almond, ripe pear, apricot nose; rich, creamy textured, lemon curd, lemon custard, mineral palate with medium acidity; long finish  94 points
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Leeuwin Estate

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History

Leeuwin Estate, one of the founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district, consistently produces wines that rank with the world's finest.

In 1972, following an extensive search for the area most suitable to produce the best varietal wines in Australia, legendary American winemaker, Robert Mondavi, identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard.

Originally a cattle farm, Leeuwin Estate evolved, under the direction of Denis and Tricia Horgan, with Robert Mondavi acting as consultant and mentor.

A nursery was planted in 1974 and the initial vineyards were deep-ploughed, deep-ripped, emptied of stone, planned, pegged, measured, marked and eventually 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.

Maintaining a team of highly skilled and dedicated winemakers, and now under the direction of two generations of the founding family, Leeuwin now exports to over 30 countries.



Environment

Leeuwin Estate, an iconic producer of premium wines made from grapes grown in the Margaret River region of Western Australia, recognises that its environmental responsibilities are of significant importance to its staff, suppliers, customers and the local community.

As a family business the Estate is committed to managing the environmental effects of its operations through responsible stewardship, with the aim of maintaining a sustainable environment for future generations. To accomplish these goals Leeuwin Estate applies best practice standards for environmental management in all facets of the business.

The Margaret River district features pristine white sandy beaches, spectacular coastline and amazing surf. It is surrounded by majestic karri forests, is nestled within picturesque farmland and enjoys a balmy temperate climate.

Complemented by fine restaurants, art galleries and boutique luxury accommodation, Margaret River has spawned one of the world's most dynamic and innovative wine tourism industries.

Located in the South West of Western Australia, approximately 280 km south of Perth, Leeuwin Estate enjoys a unique environment that is highly complementary to the production of high quality varietal wines.

Less than 6 km from the ocean, Leeuwin Estate is approximately midway between Cape Naturaliste to the north and Cape Leeuwin, Australia’s most southwesterly point.

The area between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin is one of the most ancient parts of the world. It became isolated when the continental crust split leaving a 100 km sedimentary basin between it and the mainland. Today the basin contains some of the world’s largest mineral sand deposits.

This granitic island, where the Leeuwin vineyard is located, has weathered over millions of years and now provides us as vignerons with the ancient free draining gravel soils, which are highly complementary to the culture of the vine, as well as promoting great finesse in the wine.

Leeuwin’s rainfall is dictated by the “Roaring 40’s” which move north in our winter and south in our summer, with the oscillation of the earth. 85% of rainfall is therefore received during the cooler six months.

With oceans on three sides only changing water temperature by two degrees between summer and winter, the district has its own microclimate. Leeuwin’s vineyards are therefore protected from extremes of temperature and are frost-free during the critical spring growing period.

The mean daily maximum and minimum temperatures during the summer season are very similar to those of Bordeaux. The significant difference however is that our season opens slightly earlier and closes slightly later, providing us with greater latitude to ripen our fruit, whilst also accommodating earlier ripening varieties such as Chardonnay.

In all, the weather conditions in an “average” year in Margaret River equate to those that Bordeaux only enjoys occasionally in “great” years.



From Fruit to Wine

Great wines are born in great vineyards, and at Leeuwin the viticulturist and winemaker work hand-in-hand throughout the entire winemaking process, combining their skills to create wines of distinction.

Careful study, and the eventual grafting of some vines has revealed the best varieties for the Leeuwin vineyard to be Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon; Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz make up the diversity of the vineyard, which also incorporates smaller plantings of varieties utilised for blending.

Enjoying such an isolated and pristine natural environment, the emphasis of Leeuwin's viticultural practice is minimal interventionist. Working with the environment and through skilled vineyard management, Leeuwin is able to produce fine fruit in an environmentally friendly manner.

Vineyards are kept balanced with the yearly environmental conditions. With the emphasis on quality rather than quantity, yields at Leeuwin are kept low.

Boasting one of the most modern wineries in the Southern hemisphere, Leeuwin Estate offers its winemakers all the advantages of new age technology.

Winemaking however is an art as well as a science, and it is here where the skills of the winemaker are carefully combined with technology to produce the wines that have been so highly acclaimed.

Broadly following European winemaking techniques, Leeuwin is concentrating on achieving complexity, balance and longevity in its wines through a blend of modern and traditional methods.

Temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, two Bucher Pneumatic presses, and a cellar of imported French oak barrels, are at the disposal of the winemaker to ensure that the fruit is transformed into the intended style of wine.



Leeuwin Estate Wines

Leeuwin Estate releases its wines under four labels, the Art Series, Prelude Vineyards and Siblings. Whilst the wines in each portfolio follow different lives, they all share a place amongst the great wines of Australia, receiving much international acclaim and attention.


The “Art Series” represents Leeuwin’s finest wines from each vintage. The winemakers have always selected the optimum fruit, transforming it into Leeuwin’s highest quality and age-worthy wines. They are identified with paintings commissioned from leading contemporary Australian Artists.


Whilst "Art Series" wines are designed to age and ultimately to be the most opulent, "Prelude Vineyards" wines are made from fruit producing the most readily expressive wines, with the objective that they will drink well soon after release. A Chardonnay and a Cabernet Merlot are released under this label. During the course of assessing fruit from the vineyards, the winemakers have found that certain blocks, and even certain rows in particular blocks, tend to consistently produce fruit best suited to either of the two styles of Cabernet and Chardonnay they make.


The "Siblings" label represents wines intended for fresh early drinking. As a family business, this label celebrates the role the second generation of the Horgan family has played in the ongoing development of Leeuwin Estate.


Chardonnay

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Australia

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