99+/100 | The West Australian, Ray Jordan
98 POINTS | Erica Larkin, Halliday Wine Competition
98 POINTS | Huon Hooke, The Real Review
98 POINTS | Tyson Stelzer
98 POINTS | Ken Gargett, WinePilot.com
World class Margaret River Chardonnay from one of the region's founding wineries. Leeuwin Art Series always features in any conversation of Australia's finest white wines and the 2018 is another stunning release. A wine with a long life ahead, and a near perfect score from Ray Jordan is no mean feat.
Ray Jordan writes "Let's put it this way. This is the closest I have come to awarding a wine 100 points...Stellar wine from a stellar vintage. The remarkable this is that this is a wine 100 percent barrel fermented in new French oak barriques with regular lees stirring for 11 months - and it certainly doesn't taste excessive, or even slightly oak. It has such high-fidelity purity with complex seductive aromatics of vanilla bean and light oatmeal with a cutting minerality and spicy lift. But the palate, oh the palate. This is where things start to explode. Power, poise and persistence with a dry savouriness balancing the intense ripe fruit. It is such a long finish with an ever so slightly, charry finish completing a remarkable wine."
Huon Hooke writes "Very light colour, remarkable for a 4-year-old wine. The bouquet is complex and yet very fresh and restrained, showing captivating nougat aromas which lead into a concentrated, powerful yet elegant palate. Absolutely delicious array of flavours. Lemon drops, honey and myriad other aromas and flavours. Tremendous power and persistence. A sensational chardonnay.”
Erica Larkin, Halliday Wine Competition writes "Benchmark pedigree Margaret River chardonnay from the perfect 2018 vintage. Kaffir leaf, ocean spray, nectarine, yellow peach, custard apple and white peach are the start. Saffron curls, vanilla pod and freshly grated nutmeg frame saline acidity, crouched and coiled. Length of flavour extends across the palate in an endless procession of texture and complexity. All of the power, grace and excellence of previous years is here, amplified.”