Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay

The 2007 Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay, at almost 10 years of age, under screw cap, still displays a remarkably medium green colour. It is also amazingly young on the palate. There is a bit of tropical flavour, think guava, but less than in previous years. Pear and apple are in the foreground. This is quite a steely, almost lean tasting wine, yet it has 14.5% (unnoticeable) alcohol. There is some vanilla from the new oak on the back palate, but this is a perfectly balanced wine between fruit, oak and a strong acidic backbone. This wine is typical for the shift in style towards a more linear structure.

This is my last bottle from 2007, but this could easily be a 20 year Chardonnay.

Score: 95/++


kr1 said...

Hello Thomas
Always keen to read other opinions about this chardonnay...I have found this polarising at times with the alcohol (haven't had this vintage in particular).
Do you see the alcohol softening with more cellaring on these? with the 98/99s, this was the case. Wondering if the trend continues with the newer ones too?

Happy New Year btw!


Alontin said...

Yes, I do.