Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 | The 95pt Mouton-Rothschild of Australia
If you collect Cabernet, or simply keep it well-stocked for your friends and loved ones, this lithe and supple Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is unbeatable. Pours a rich, warming purple color. Restrained yet complex aromas of cassis, black cherry, currant leaf, black pepper, tobacco, fresh herbs, and toast. Perfectly balanced, firm tannins and fresh acidity cradle flavors of cherry, leather, and pipe tobacco. Framed like a well-made Bordeaux, enjoy its structure and freshness now, or let it soften and develop complexity for years to come.
The Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 isn’t just one of Wine & Spirits magazine’s top-scoring Cabernets of the vintage—coming out ahead of $200 Napa Cabernets from Corison and Diamond Creek—but its 95-point score makes it one of the top Cabernets that Wine & Spirits rated over the last three vintages in a row.
W&S95 | There’s sunglow to this wine’s flavors as if mirroring the cool, sunny autumn days in Margaret River that extended the growing season in 2015. There’s nothing dimpled about the fruit; it’s just warm and plump, with tannins you can breathe and a palpable bristle of energy. The luscious blackberry fruit floods the crunchy acidity that keeps the wine bright and zesty. Though the wine spent 22 months in French oak. But, the barrel influence is apparent only in its textural harmony and structural completion. Set for long aging.
This wine epitomizes balance in Cabernet, and its lofty score from Wine & Spirits puts it in league with some of the biggest and most respected names in Napa Valley—at a fraction of the price. We’re first to market with the 2015. And at just $49.99 per bottle, down to $43.99 on cases, for one of the world’s finest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon.
After 22 months in French oak and another two-plus years in bottle, this benchmark Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is ready. You can drink it now and revel in its structure and freshness, or cellar it for two decades and watch it evolve. As always, there’s no way to go wrong with Leeuwin.
Art Series Wines
The “Art Series” wines are the richest and most age-worthy from Leeuwin’s collection, showcasing the site’s terrific pedigree. While rising roughly 200 feet above sea level, the vineyard benefits from deep, mineral-rich, gravel soils. Consequently lending finesse to the wines, and a cool maritime climate. Therefore, the Leeuwin team, under the direction of Tim Lovett, pick by individual parcels. Hence allowing the vines to achieve maximum ripeness.
Hogans & Mondavi
Denis and Tricia Hogan established one of the founding estates of Margaret River. While planting their first vines in the region in the early 1970s. Then, in 1972, an American wine legend — Robert Mondavi — reached out to the Hogans. While then informing them that they had terroir capable of producing world-class wines.
With the help of Mondavi’s close mentorship, Leeuwin was founded in 1973. And within years it would become the benchmark for excellence in the country. Of course, racking up dozens of 90+ scores. The winery burst onto the international stage when Decanter magazine awarded its highest honors to the 1980 Art Series following a blind tasting.