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Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Red Wine from Australia - Western Australia
‘An absolute dead cert Champ’ was Australia buyer Freddy Bulmer’s Wine Champions verdict; his colleagues agreed! Cedary finesse meets bighearted fruit in one beautifully integrated, harmonious cabernet, whose cassis and pencil-shavings perfume leads to a black-fruited, spicy palate and a remarkably long, complex finish. Outstanding.
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Code: AU20851

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2030
  • 75cl
  • Screwcap

Western Australia

The isolated state of Western Australia is known for its spectacular scenery, golden-sand beaches and giant Karri tree forests. A relatively cool (in Australian terms) Mediterranean climate of warm, breezy summer days and cool nights dominates the wine-producing areas. The resulting wines tend to combine fruit ripeness with freshness – an unusual combination in Australia – which makes the wines particularly appealing.

The Margaret River area was the first to suggest Western Australia’s potential for making premium wines. Elegant, ageworthy cabernet sauvignon originally put the spotlight on Margaret River and is still its trump card. Chardonnay shines here, too, as do the vibrantly fruity, zesty semillon/sauvignon blanc blends.

Further south and west you find the Great Southern sub-region, 400 kilometres from Perth. The vineyards of the Great Southern region provide 37% of all the grapes produced in Western Australia. The five sub-regions – Albany, Denmark, Frankland River,...
The isolated state of Western Australia is known for its spectacular scenery, golden-sand beaches and giant Karri tree forests. A relatively cool (in Australian terms) Mediterranean climate of warm, breezy summer days and cool nights dominates the wine-producing areas. The resulting wines tend to combine fruit ripeness with freshness – an unusual combination in Australia – which makes the wines particularly appealing.

The Margaret River area was the first to suggest Western Australia’s potential for making premium wines. Elegant, ageworthy cabernet sauvignon originally put the spotlight on Margaret River and is still its trump card. Chardonnay shines here, too, as do the vibrantly fruity, zesty semillon/sauvignon blanc blends.

Further south and west you find the Great Southern sub-region, 400 kilometres from Perth. The vineyards of the Great Southern region provide 37% of all the grapes produced in Western Australia. The five sub-regions – Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and the Porongorups – all have vastly different climatic conditions, but generally Great Southern is the coolest of all of Western Australia. The long growing season, relatively low rainfall, poor soils and low yields result in high-quality wines with excellent fruit intensity. The best wines of the region are riesling (dry, almost austere, with superb definition and purity) and shiraz, though sauvignon blanc is now attracting attention too.

Further north, and closer to Perth, the Swan Valley was the first area of Western Australia to be commercially planted and despite some fierce summer temperatures can make crisp, fresh whites and full-bodied reds.
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Leeuwin Estate

Leeuwin Estate is one of the earliest commercial wineries in the Margaret River region of Western Australia, where the gentle maritime climate is well suited to the production of fine chardonnay and cabernet. The estate was founded in the 1970s by Denis and Tricia Horgan who where advised by the famous Robert Mondavi of California that the site was ideal for fine wine production.

The first vintage was in 1979 and since then the estate has gone from strength to strength, consistently producing chardonnays that rank among the world’s finest and gaining recognition in international blind tastings. As well as an impressive range of wines, Leeuwin Estate now boasts a top-class restaurant and an art gallery. Labelled with original artworks, Art Series is the winery’s prestige range and the chardonnay bottled under this label, famous for its superb perfume, opulence and ability to age, is arguablyAustralia’s finest example of the grape, year-in year-out. The Prelude range is a more accessible expression of Leeuwin fruit, made with the objective of offering enjoyable drinking soon after release.

Leeuwin are great believers in the screwcap closure and have even rebottled older library stock, painstakingly opening each bottle, tasting it, and then topping it up with another bottle from the same vintage before resealing with screwcap.

Australia Vintage 2013

A fiercely hot year throughout Australia, with bush-fires causing difficulties of smoke taint in some parts. South Australia, the engine room of production on the continent in terms of quantity, recorded its hottest ever summer. The baking conditions led to a relatively early and condensed vintage in most regions. Areas with a moderating influence such as altitude or the proximity of the sea fared better, with Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and the island state of Tasmania having particularly fine vintages. Old vines in any region were able to overcome the drought stresses with their deep root systems so areas like Barossa made some excellent reds despite their propensity for hot conditions. A fiercely hot year throughout Australia, with bush-fires causing difficulties of smoke taint in some parts. South Australia, the engine room of production on the continent in terms of quantity, recorded its hottest ever summer. The baking conditions led to a relatively early and condensed...
A fiercely hot year throughout Australia, with bush-fires causing difficulties of smoke taint in some parts. South Australia, the engine room of production on the continent in terms of quantity, recorded its hottest ever summer. The baking conditions led to a relatively early and condensed vintage in most regions. Areas with a moderating influence such as altitude or the proximity of the sea fared better, with Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and the island state of Tasmania having particularly fine vintages. Old vines in any region were able to overcome the drought stresses with their deep root systems so areas like Barossa made some excellent reds despite their propensity for hot conditions. A fiercely hot year throughout Australia, with bush-fires causing difficulties of smoke taint in some parts. South Australia, the engine room of production on the continent in terms of quantity, recorded its hottest ever summer. The baking conditions led to a relatively early and condensed vintage in most regions. Areas with a moderating influence such as altitude or the proximity of the sea fared better, with Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and the island state of Tasmania having particularly fine vintages. Old vines in any region were able to overcome the drought stresses with their deep root systems so areas like Barossa made some excellent reds despite their propensity for hot conditions. Margaret River enjoyed yet another great vintage in 2013. The weather leading up to vintage was warm, the fruit produced was well balanced and yields were slightly down. By harvest time, the fruit quality was exceptional.
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