Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
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 2017 is unbeatable. Pours a stunning deep ruby-purple in color.
While restrained on the nose, but opens with a little air, revealing enticing aromas of cassis, blackberry, clove, cedar plank, and developing notes of tobacco and a hint of olive tapenade. Seamless from the start, the palate shows fine but firm tannins and flavors of black fruit, exotic spices, toast, and a hint of earthiness.
In addition, the whole is balanced beautifully by a fresh acidity that carries through a long finish in waves of ripe fruit and spices. An excellent Cabernet that marries the grip of Bordeaux with the sunny, ripe fruit of Australia in a way only Margaret River can. Drink now–2043.
Leeuwin Estate | The 97pt Mouton-Rothschild of Australia
Vanessa Conlin, calls Leeuwin “the benchmark estate Australian Cabernet. While James Suckling has invoked the First Growths, calling Leeuwin the “Mouton Rothschild of Australia. So, this benchmark Cabernet is ready to go. You can drink it now and revel in its structure and freshness, or cellar it for a couple of decades and watch it evolve. As always, there’s no way to go wrong with Leeuwin.
So, this Cabernet has it all: complexity, age-worthiness, and a voice that speaks of its inimitable terroir. If you love Bordeaux or classically structured Napa Cabs, and you don’t have a stack of this wine in your cellar, you need to change that.
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. 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. Don’t miss this Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2017.