One of the highlights of last January’s trip to Margaret River on the southwestern coast of Australia was a private winery tasting of library wines from Leeuwin’s coveted Art Series. The 2014 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon was a true standout for its layers of aroma and flavor complexity, precise balance, elegance and refinement, and overall delicious drinkability.
Family owned, Leeuwin Estate, one of the five founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district of Western Australia, is under the direction of two generations who work with a team of highly skilled winemakers to consistently produce wines ranking alongside the world’s finest. In 1972, legendary Napa Valley winemaker, Robert Mondavi, identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard as being ideal for the production of premium wine and provided early mentorship to Denis and Tricia Horgan in the transformation of their cattle farm into Leeuwin Estate. Enjoying its first commercial vintage in 1979, Leeuwin was thrust into the international spotlight when Decanter Magazine gave its highest recommendation to the 1981 “Art Series” Chardonnay. The international accolades have continued and Leeuwin now exports to 30 markets. Celebrating the combination of fine wine, food, art and music, Leeuwin features an award winning restaurant, cellardoor and art gallery. The Estate is renowned for staging spectacular events and welcoming visitors from around the world.
The “Art Series” represents Leeuwin’s most opulent and age-worthy wines and are identified with paintings commissioned from leading contemporary Australian Artists. Leeuwin’s Art Series Chardonnay and Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon are included in wine auction house, Langton’s prestigious classification. The Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon has been included in UK Decanter Magazine’s Top 50 wines of the year and as in WINE & SPIRITS Top 100 wine.
The art work for 2014 Leeuwin Art Series is by Paul Partos, and entitled ‘Window View’. 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec. Cellaring potential is 15-20 years. 13.5% Alcohol.
“Very deep red/purple colour. The bouquet is all about concentrated, perfectly-ripened cabernet fruit embellished with stylish oak. Cedar and berries. The wine is very intense and cast in an elegant but full-bodied style, with red berry fruit in abundance on the palate. The tannins are emphatic but fine and restrained, beautifully tailored. A lovely wine indeed – to cellar or enjoy now.” – 96 points –Huon Hooke, May 2018, The Real Review
“From the great 2014 vintage comes this largely cabernet-dominant wine using a small amount of malbec. Gorgeous perfumes of tobacco leaf, and a trace of distinctive varietal bay leaf. The palate is stunning, with a great fruit, oak and tannin balance. There are chalky tannins to build structure, yet the fruit sweetness is retained. An elegant and most stylish cabernet which is as good as any from Leeuwin. ” – 96/100 – Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2019
“At first, the fresh herbs, such as eucalyptus and mint, really captivate, but this turns into blue fruits such as blackcurrants and blueberries. A hint of pine needles and mahogany, too. The palate has the answer to the punchy acidity as it shows a nice serving of fruit. This finishes chewy. Drink in 2021.” – 93 points, James Suckling
“Stylish, fresh and vibrant, with taut cherry and currant flavors at the core, accented by notes of pepper, tobacco and fresh herb. Finds a balance between density and polish. Cigar box details linger on the finish. Drink now through 2030. 3,400 cases made, 250 cases imported.” 92 points, Wine Spectator — MW (December 15, 2018)
A highly expressive and fragrant nose with violet, lavender, bay leaf and fennel seed weaving through a dense core of blackcurrant and red cherry. Subtle anise, cumin, cedar, cracked coffee bean and cocoa lie in the background. The palate has purity and elegance; delicate layers of cherries, blackcurrants and Satsuma plums combine with a vibrant thread of natural acidity, giving direction and focus. Cinnamon and clove are present on the mid-palate which extends long with tightly coiled powdery tannins.