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2012 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay "Prelude Vineyards"

Leeuwin 2012 Prelude Chardonnay

Winery: Leeuwin Estate

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Prelude Vineyards"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Margaret River

State or country: Australia

Price: $36

Cases produced: 300

KWG Score: 92.2 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: December 4, 2014

Wine Review: This pale yellow colored Chardonnay from Australia opens with a mild pineapple bouquet with notes of pear. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic and savory. The flavor profile is a tasty mild oak influenced pineapple and pear blend with nicely integrated oak with hints of ripe honeydew and lemon in the background. The finish is dry and its flavors linger nicely. This Chard is food friendly and it would pair well with pan grilled lemon and orange orange roughy. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Cut limes, ripe Nashi pears and white peaches greet the nose, amidst aromas of fresh nougat, honeycomb, brioche and rice wafers. Savoury lemon rind, figs and quince create complexity, while oak derived toasted hazelnuts and cinnamon spice is diligently incorporated to enhance the balance. The palate is tight and defined, characterised by fresh lime, white nectarine and pears. Luscious texture delivers balanced depth and breadth to the palate. Oatmeal, nutmeg and subtle oak char lie in the background, with all components brought together with a taut and refreshing acid line.

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