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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 64 
TypeWhite
ProducerLeeuwin Estate (web)
VarietyChardonnay
DesignationArt Series
Vineyardn/a
CountryAustralia
RegionWestern Australia
SubRegionSouth West Australia
AppellationMargaret River
UPC Code(s)9313460003117

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2017 (based on 19 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.4 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 62 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Grill Factor on 7/27/2015 & rated 94 points: I can't deny the balance of power and finesse in this bottle. Everyone enjoyed it and it went incredibly well with all types of salads and seafoods. Upside from here. (77 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 2/25/2015: I swear, this is just stunning right now. Alternating between pear and red apple fruits, cinnamon and spice, and just a hint of that hazelnut character. Every darn glass is different and amazing. Drink it slow it get the maximum enjoyment. On day two its still going strong (amazing it lasted until day two). (840 views)
 Tasted by jmastores on 2/19/2015 & rated 92 points: The first thing I noticed was the brightness of yellow in the glass. I was expecting darker, so maybe this hasn't developed much yet ? Balanced nose with citrus, vanilla and expectation....
Not as full bodied as I expected due to a cooler year. Soft and delicate but full bodied, great wine but not an exceptional year. I'm going to wait a few years for the next, as I think it has more to give. (648 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 11/23/2014: From cap, rather good, heading into the perfect zone. Hold just a while longer. (1280 views)
 Tasted by ticklenow1 on 11/16/2014 & rated 95 points: Absolutely stunning wine that is only going to get better. Peaches, fig, citrus and that lovely buttery oak make this my favourite Chardonnay by a mile. Not as good as the 2001 but still exceptional. (930 views)
 Tasted by Fosgrove on 11/8/2014 & rated 91 points: Serious wine. Tropical fruit and medium oak with vg acidity and length. I think I preferred when a big younger though (1056 views)
 Tasted by mclanew on 10/4/2014 & rated 93 points: Another excellent bottle of this wine, in a perfect drinking window. Tropical fruits and tangerines, butter toast and minerals. Nice structure and finish. (865 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 8/24/2014: Jumpy right from the crack of the bottle. So heading right into the pocket met thinks. Smokin' acidity on the back end. Delicious with stuffed squash blossoms. (1160 views)
 Tasted by Grill Factor on 8/2/2014 & rated 93 points: "Avid Wino" has this pegged. I'd say it's just starting to shine. Begs for food, not a summer sipper for the porch. I may wait to see if the alcohol calms down a bit. If it does, it's a 95 all day long. (855 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 6/4/2014: A two 'fer of an Art Series day. Two art series, why not? The '06 is showing just spot on right now. Open, expressive, eased into its concentrated self. Just at the beginning of the drink window. So I guess, since the have been capping them, the drink start time is 8 years after vintage... (1200 views)
 Tasted by chbeaumont on 1/23/2014 & rated 94 points: Starbright; a refined nose, understated panache; true finesse, verve, ravishing; evolved, with the balance to age well for 5+ years. Merits contemplation. (1565 views)
 Tasted by Avid Wino on 12/31/2013 & rated 95 points: Looooooooooong. Heady. 2 small glasses and I already feel tipsy. Yum. So much going on, pear, grapefruit, peach, oats. Those toasted nuts do it for me. Good to go now, and anytime over the next five years. Don't chill this too much, I recommend drinking at 10-12 degrees celsius, just below typical wine fridge temperature. (1523 views)
 Tasted by Pinotphile123 on 10/7/2013 & rated 95 points: Drinking beautifully! (1799 views)
 Tasted by Leigh Johnson on 8/16/2013 & rated 90 points: Limpid green gold. Slightly tropical on the nose with hints of mango and pineapple with a splash of citrus. More "French" on the palate, bright acidity but not seeringly sharp, lemon and lime, a nuttiness and a lovely minerality. This wine is far more about finesse than power. (1863 views)
 Tasted by Goldstone on 7/27/2013 & rated 90 points: Drank slowly over a long afternoon and early evening as a prelude to a birthday dinner for my wife at home. This is still a lovely bottle of wine but it seems to have lost some delineation compared to the 7 times I have opened a bottle from the case in the past. Still very elegant, though. I will drink up the rest of the case fairly quickly from now. (1939 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 7/20/2013: Far less "exotic" on the nose then the 2007, much more a "return to form" than that vintage. Not that that vintage is bad by any means. And here is the classic mid palate richness that I have come to expect. And a more evolved sense of aromas. Less mineral on the finish, more fat and richness. Delicious. (1649 views)
 Tasted by Vintomas on 5/23/2013 & rated 93 points: Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay (AuZone, Stockholm): Light yellow. Nose with smoky notes and citrus, ripe yellow fruit, some flowers, mineral, a hint of herbal notes. Less citrus-dominated nose than the 2008. Palate with citrus, a lot of limes and grapefruit, quite concentrated, definitely high acidity, fresh aftertaste with mineral.
Young, very fresh, could develop more. Cooler impression than the 2008, but a great palate! 93+ pts. (2106 views)
 Tasted by pekingunther on 2/13/2013 & rated 95 points: I am at about the middle of the case with this one, and while the wine has been good (91-92) it has always held something back. It has been about 8 months since my last bottle and the wine is really hitting its stride. It's no longer a gangly kid but a young adult. Still with plenty of years in the bottle, but it is just WOW out of the bottle right now. If you have any, open one and see for yourself. My one cautionary note is the temperature. When it is too cold, it doesn't give much away. 12 degrees (or wine fridge temperature) is pretty good, maybe a degree or 2 colder if that is too warm for you. It is a wine to just sit and enjoy. (2122 views)
 Tasted by Dorset Iain on 12/7/2012 & rated 95 points: Tasted against 2 other top chardonays & was the pick of the bunch. Opulent with great depth - buttery and smooth. (1959 views)
 Tasted by hongjiu on 11/16/2012 & rated 94 points: - Yellow color with medium forming legs and aromas of cut green grass and geranium. It's lacking fruit and has flavours of mushroom and butterscotch with a light/medium body. Satin-Like texture with a medium finish - A big old buttery nose on open soon gave up hints of green grass and mustard flower. Tasting allows a little oak into the picture but quite subdued. Very little acidity left. WA chard at its peak, I think. (1953 views)
 Tasted by Goldstone on 10/27/2012: Unscored because we drank this at home in distracted circumstanced because everyone wanted to finish dinner fast and get downstairs to the communal pre-Halloween weekend party. This is to my mind the best Chardonnay that Australia produces and it deserves more contemplation than we gave it tonight. This is normally a 92-93 points for me but I can see how you could underestimate if you drank it in a "party" setting.....it's unusually refined and restrained and reticent by normal Australian standards. (2241 views)
 Tasted by Camben on 7/9/2012 & rated 96 points: One of the most complex and interesting wines i have ever had. Slightly hazy, minerality, was extremely fresh given its age. Fig notes white pepper. Blood orange peel, yeast and perfect integration of oak (2472 views)
 Tasted by hongjiu on 6/22/2012 & rated 92 points: Delicate on the palate with a hint of limestone that tells me this could sit for a while longer. It graced a pan-fried salmon and fava bean mash earlier, and despite a horrible struggle with the dinner's native citrus sauce (that would be the lemon noted by previous tasters) the wine shone through. I enjoyed it a bit chillier than my usual lukewarm preference for New World chardonnays; then again, Margaret River chards are sui generis. (2136 views)
 Tasted by Fur in the glass on 6/7/2012: Seemed richer than my memory of the last bottle. Really good Chardonnay with exotic fruit, bit of cream etc. (1793 views)
 Tasted by JimN on 5/20/2012 & rated 93 points: Really need to stop opening this vintage, because the bottles keep getting better and this wine could be special in a few more years. Other notes capture the flavor profile very well. I agree with reviewer who compared to a top Burgundy. (2095 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (2/17/2010)
(Leeuwin Estate, Art Series Chardonnay Margaret River White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (8/5/2009)
(Leeuwin Estate, Art Series Chardonnay Margaret River White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, July/August 2009, IWC Issue #145
(Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series Margaret River) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/8/2009)
(Leeuwin Estate, Art Series Chardonnay Margaret River White) Subscribe to see review text.
By James Halliday
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion (2/2/2009)
(Leeuwin Estate Art Series Margaret River Chardonnay) Subscribe to see review text.
By David Vogels, CWP
Sommelier Journal, March 15, 2011
(Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series, Margaret River) The Art Series Chardonnay is aged 11-12 months in French oak and another two years in bottle before being released every year at the concert. This version is brassy gold in color, showing notes of spicy vanilla, lemon-lime, ripe apple, and mango on the nose. The complex, buttery palate with gentle acidity is reminiscent of Meursault; the finish is warm, long, and constantly evolving.
Winery Spotlight: Leeuwin Estate
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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.


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