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Leeuwin Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon Art Series, Wallcliffe 2012
Fragrant, crunchy, honed and tangy; refreshingly graceful and elegant in this warm season. Prominent acidity and very fine tannins offer effortless poise and grand longevity.
Price: £38-£40 (2007) Domaine Direct, Harvey Nichols, Hedonism Wines, House of Menzies, Luvians Bottle Shop, Selfridges, Uncorked, Winedirect
Leeuwin Estate was founded by Denis and Tricia Horgan in 1969 and is located in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. In 1973, Denis met an American who was also interested in buying land in the area, ‘to produce high quality varietal wine’. The name meant nothing to Horgan at the time, but the American man was Robert Mondavi, the late ‘Grand Old Man’ of American wine. Their partnership lasted until 1983.
Horgan’s instinct about his land proved correct: the first vines he planted included the Chardonnay patch known as Block 20 – his ‘golden acre’ (1.8 hectares) – which still produces the grapes that form the backbone of the Art Series Chardonnay. This wine is regularly named as one of Australia’s best Chardonnays.