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Another Margaret River icon winery. Leeuwin Estate was started with the help or Robert Mondavi back in the 80's and they've been producing great wines ever since. Like the Mondavi winery in Napa, Leeuwin often has concerts in a large outdoor amphitheater. Unlike Mondavi, Leeuwin has a fantastic restaurant which I highly recommend.

2005 Art Series Riesling
Pale, touch of grassy green. Nose of honeysuckle and wet rocks. Concentrated flavors, big lime and grapefruit, very crisp with a definite mineral edge. Finish is a bit shorter than expected (hoped) and has hints of orange. AU$22

2004 Art Series Chardonnay
Straw colored, hints of green. Nose of peaches and Fig Newtons. Wow, really intense flavors. Beautiful layers of peach, pears, pear skin, buttered toast, nuts. Incredibly complex finish, tons of layers. Oak is totally under control.
I had this with a Butter Poached Marrin (something like an american crayfish) salad, the taste pairings were interesting: With the marrin a sweetness came out which I hadn't noticed before. With the parsley, arugula, and mint salad the apple and pear flavors came forward (this was an excellent combo). This wine gets better as it warms up a bit - hints of an oiliness. This is as good as some of the best French Chardonnay I've had. I don't normally like Chardonnay, but this could be the best wine I've had in Australia. AU$85

2004 Art Series Shiraz
Dark purple. Nice nose - blackberry and oak. Rich, very warm flavors, almost sweet blackberries (though completely dry). Very nicely integrated tannins. Finishes with dark cherries. AU$34

2002 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark purple. Cedar and pencil lead on the nose. Medium bodied wine. Taste hints of chocolate and black currants. Beautiful, yummy smooth tannins. AU$51

Posted by Bruce on May 15, 2007 3:54 AM

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