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2006 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay "Artist Series"

Leeuwin Estate 2006 Artist Series Chardonnay

Winery: Leeuwin Estate

Vintage: 2006

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Artist Series"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Margaret River

State or country: Australia

Price: $89

Cases produced: 500

KWG Score: 96 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (96)

Review date: September 30, 2010

Wine Review: This light yellow colored Chard opens with a wet stone and mild Bosc pear bouquet. On the palate, this wine is heavenly. As soon as it hits your mouth, you fall in love with it. It is smooth and silky. The flavor profile is a delicious and delicate Bartlett pear with wonderfully integrated light oak. I also detected hints of pineapple and toffee. The finish is dry and its mild oak notes linger nicely once the wine is gone. This is a finesse Chardonnay that can certainly stand on its own and certainly will not last long once it is open. Serve cool, not cold to bring out its best flavors. It would pair perfectly with a lobster souffle. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: The colour is brilliant and youthful green straw. The nose shows the influence of the coolest growing season experienced in Margaret River with the usually dominate ripe stone fruit taking a backseat to the more refined grapefruit, granny smith apples and almonds. The palate shows incredible restraint with a youthful freshness of grapefruit and citrus characteristics. The wine is astonishingly focused across the palate with a lingering finish of citrus blossom, the wine evolves with a fine line of acid to help provide the remarkable length of flavour that persists in the mouth minutes after drinking.

Organic status: not organic

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