Stephen Tanzer 94/100
Saturated ruby color. Flat-out gorgeous aromas of bitter cherry, cassis, graphite, cedar, Cuban tobacco, dark chocolate and dried flowers. On the palate, juicy dark and red fruit flavors play off musky, almost decadent underbrush and tobacco, with precise but understated Asian spice notes adding even more complexity. This boasts remarkable balance and compelling intricacy of fruit, spice and earth qualities on the long, suave finish, picking up notes of violet and fresh rose on the back. For the money, this is a no-brainer in outstanding, ageworthy cabernet.
Wine Enthusiast 92/100
Perhaps better known for its Chardonnay, Leeuwin also makes an Art Series Cabernet that takes a back seat to no one. The 2002 still boasts youthful scents of fresh mint and cassis, then slowly unfolds on the palate to reveal a rich, full-bodied wine with a distinctly ripe, creamy texture. Long and powerful on the finish.
Leeuwin Estate, a James Halliday Top 100 Australian Winery with exports to some 30 markets, is experiencing increased international interest after receiving a string of outstanding critical acclaim for the quality of this iconic family owned Margaret River Estate’s wines.
In the USA, Leeuwin Estate was put in the company of the world’ most iconic producers with influential publication, Wine Spectator, ranking the 2011 Art Series Chardonnay as wine number 5 in the editor’s prestigious Top 100 wines of 2014 from some 18 000 international wines reviewed this year, the only white wine to make the “Top 10” list. Also in the USA, Wine & Spirits Magazine included Leeuwin Estate as a “Top 100 Winery of the Year” and inducted the winery into the ‘Hall of Fame’ for being a 6 time recipient in the category, whilst in the UK, Decanter Magazine’s “Top 50 Wines of the Year” included the Leeuwin Estate 2010 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon.