Read Tyson Stelzer's tasting notes for Leeuwin Estate, Prelude Vineyards Cabernet-Merlot, Wallcliffe, Western Australia 2012.
Leeuwin Estate, Prelude Vineyards Cabernet-Merlot, Wallcliffe, Western Australia 2012
2016 release. Intense, generous and expressive, layered with succulent and crunchy black fruits, neatly honed by bright acidity, firm, fine tannins and confident oak. Persistence and poise to behold.
Price: £25-£27 (2007) Domaine Direct, Luvians Bottle Shop, The Wine Society
Alc 14.5%. Cellar Door 250 Rand.
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.