Excellent. Waxy, cream cheese icing, creamy nose. Since 2010, the buttery aspects have evolved into creamy, almost oily texture. The citrus component has lost its lime edge and is now more lemon-orange. Drink now-2017.
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay (AuZone, Stockholm): Bright yellow. The nose is slightly smoky, shows ripe yellow fruit, some citrus, honey, spice, some flower, some nuts, with development in evidence. The palate has powerful citrus notes, some honey, mineral and mint, good acidity, and a long minerally aftertaste. Good development, but also has freshness.
Dinner at Michelle and Boren's (Sydney, Australia): Coming to the end of its drinking window, but this was a good wine that was very much enjoyed by all. It had a ripe nose that could not be anything but a new world Chardonnay, with rich yellow stone fruit aromas shaded by tropical tones and developed scents of honey, caramel and spice. A hint of buttery oak and oatmeal more or less confirmed that it was new world for me. A decent nose though. The palate was pretty large scaled, but also very well-controlled, with quite a good amount of orangey citrus acidity laced through its ripe stone fruit flavours, with nectarines at the fore, and then pineapple tones at the midpalate before another toasty, oatmeal twist and a nice dose of spiciness at the end. This was quite nice indeed, but about time to drink up I think, as the wine seem to be coming apart and losing its shape slightly at the edges.
(NewYear Brunner w Mandy, Grace, Justina, Adel & Geoff @Mich&Bo's) Glowing golden in glass. Rich, oily nose of melons, oystershell, savory distant rockpool, pine resin and general chard funk. The taste followed tightly on with a complex structure of concentrated honey, white florals, oily butter, fresh sandalwood and cedar shavings, saffron and cardammon, along with hints of banana. Full, great concentration, with well integrated layers of stuff going on, held tall with light youthful acidity and oily viscosity, showing shale minerality and light hay and dried summer flowers on the finish. Liquid gold, well aged. Textural, this was toe-curlingly perfect with Bo's incredible crackling pork belly and the super creamy salmon sashimi. Incredible stuff - easily stands shoulder to shoulder with white burgs in weight and complexity, balance and finesse. Refreshing and exciting!
Pretty prevalent notes of oak upfront but that dissipated after a few minutes in the glass. Some honey, slight butterscotch and pretty vibrant fruit. Could have used a tad more acidity but overall great balance. Probably the best Oz chard I've had so far: could stand up to a decent burg 1er cru!
Asparagus pee, great acidity and a rich unctuous base - guessed bordeaux blanc 2000! opens to more recognisable chardonnay butteriness; citrus, tropical fruits; unusual character and verve. very good. could last a long time
When I first tasted this perhaps 5 years ago, aromas of pineapple, banana and other tropical fruits burst out of the bottle - and continued on in the glass both on the nose and on the mouth. At 11 years old, it's still showing very well although without the vibrancy that it had then. But it still sparkles, showing very well against a bottle of 1er cru burgundy of the same age tasted alongside it. I have 5 bottles left and won't be in a rush to drink them - i think 2-3 more years easily.
Hooray! My third bottle of this was a beautiful Chardonnay, wonderfully balanced, a beautiful yellow color, and with no oxidation. It was still not the best bottle I've had from this vintage, but I think it's as good as you're going to get at this point. Classy, full of fruit, and delicious.
10/7/10: This particular bottle is past it's prime. Poured a deep golden color, like a desert wine. Still nice fruit, but not at the level that I've had in the past with this wine. After a couple of hours, most of the fruit faded and it was obviously old, but it was not oxidized or anything. 87 10/10/10: I paid next to nothing for these, so I'm not going to complain here, but I can tell these will be all over the map. This one is better then the last, showing more fruit and less carmalization, and wasn't quite as dark. It was a good chard, but not at the level that this wine once was. The cork was pristine, so I'm not feeling very good that any of my bottles will be remarkable. 88+
Nice wine. Vibrant gold color. Excellent cork seal, so no concern there. Nose of fresh lemon, blue stone, smoke, and butter. Acidity is there, but not overwhelming. Good viscosity and weight, and extremely balanced mouthfeel. Looking forward to next bottle.
What a wine! I was totally amazed with its power, class and freshness given the age. Gold-green. Explosive aromas of melon, exotic fruits, peaches, honey, some minerals and herbs with perfectly integrated oak. Full-bodied with a burst of fruit on the palate, perfectly balanced by high acidity. Very youthful. Almost endless aftertaste. Magnificent!
Deeper colour, almost honey with a hint of green still. Melon, some nuts, and a hint of pear drop on the nose. Palate shows more wood but now settled, melon also comes through. Finish is minerally and decent. Drank this without thinking - it was 'I need to relax with a good wine' night and only really studies with last glass. It did it's primary job and actual did better than last time on the secondary.
Pale to mid yellow. Lovely nose of roasted pineapple, melon, spice and mineral. Lovely fruit in quite a taut, restrained style for Oz, very Cote d'O in character. Long finish with mineral and decent acidity. Ready now but no immediate hurry. Excellent. ****
A well-balanced and elegant chardonnay, more in line with Puligny-Montrachet than New World. Fruit and acidity were a little more muted than anticipated, but secondary elements like honey, pecan, and smoke were prominent. The flagging acidity makes me think this might have been better a couple years ago. Drink up.
Thank god Leeuwin decided to put all their wines under screw cap. Two weeks after opening a stunning bottle of this, I decide to pop another. And it's slightly oxidized, and not nearly on the same level as the prevoius bottle. I have encountered a lot of bottle variation with the wine.
Seems like I try one of these every couple of months. Huge bottle variation continues. This wine was awesome. Rich, full of tropical fruits, long finish. Just a great chardonnay. So good, I wish I bought more of these.
4/8/08: Really getting some bottle variation with these. Tonight's bottle was very good, but not at the levels of a couple of months earlier. 90-91
2/4/08: 1st bottle corked, 2nd bottle oxidised, and the team was beginning to think the Leeuwin was doomed. But along came bottle #3. I was really looking for any notes of oxidatation, and even though I sniffed and tasted some at first. But if they were there, they faded away over the course of 15 minutes. This was an excellent chard, which I would not have placed at 8 years old. Gorgeous tropical, honeyed fruit. The oak is barely present, and the acid keeps it crisp. It was impossible to stop drinking this wine. Still has some time left. 92+
This was scary good, especially in relation to my expectations (since my tastes have changes a lot on the last year or two). Gold color, nose of citrus, explosion of pear on the palate and almost a sweetness to the finish. Great acidity. Simply yummy and this things has years ahead of it. I would not be surprised that this will be drinking even better in 3-5 years and still be singing 10 years from now.
I love this wine. The colour is a heavy golden like yellow. Tropical aromas on the nose of citrus, pineapple, and pear. Another perfect example of a top quality new world style Chardonnay: Big yet refined; a perfect balance of fruit, acidity, and oak; and aromas and flavours that are dense and fun. The wine coats the mouth like oil with flavours of lemon, pineapple, pear with a notes of cashew and smoke. Buy it!
After a bit of aeration, lovely bouquet of marmalade, pineapple and caramel custard. Open knit style with ripe fruit, intense but well balanced. Probably lacks a little complexity next to a good Burgundy Grand Cru but you won't hear me complaining if someone brings this for dinner. Although this wine is drinking well after decanting it can defintely last a few more years and perhaps improve. This is the reason why Margaret River makes the best Chardonnays from Australia. Don't over chill this wine!
Deep yellow gold (Napa-colored?), low viscosity. Nose of buttered popcorn. On the palate, at first butter and some pear, but with air gained refinement and elegance and resolved into a more Burgundian profile, including a touch of earth to go with the pears, apples, oranges and mouth-watering acidity. Very, very nice.
Looks brand new in the glass, no signs of development. A bit simple on the nose, slightly sweet fruit and oak. Nonetheless good feel and lift. Powerful fruity palate, more heat, plenty of upfront fruit but does fall flat in the middle, a rela let down particularly given expectations.