2008 Leeuwin Estate Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "Art Series"
Winery: Leeuwin Estate
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Art Series"
Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)
Grape blend: 100% Shiraz
Region: Margaret River
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 200
KWG Score: 91.7 (based on 4 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)
Review date: March 23, 2012
Wine Review: This slightly opaque and dark ruby colored Shiraz opens with a fragrant menthol and black cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a tasty black cherry with hints of tart plum, black pepper, and a dollop of caramel. The finish is dry and its mild tannins are friendly. It definitely warrants a second glass. The panel suggested that this wine would pair well with cherry amaretto chicken or veal parmigianna. Enjoy – KWGTP
Winemaker Notes: The wine exhibits a lovely garnet colour in the glass. A very lifted bouquet opens with an array of bright raspberry and mulberry aromas, moving onto intense notes of dark plum and exotic spices. The overall impression is of elegance and finesse. The anticipation built by the bouquet is most ably delivered by the deliciously elegant palate. Poached blood plum, raspberry and blackberry flavours are given length and depth by the subtle vanillan notes of classy French oak. The mouth feel is silky, supple and very long. This is a most elegant Shiraz from a fine vintage in Margaret River, and shows all the hallmarks of being a great wine to match with an array of similarly elegant food.
Organic status: not organic
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