Sunday, July 30, 2017

Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay

So I open a bottle of the 2011 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay. This brand is the most consistent high quality Chardonnay in Australia. But, you know what? I was bored. It was the typical combo of mango and cream. In some years, the fruit is more tropical, in other years more citrus. You know basically what you get. But isn't this what winemakers try to achieve? A typical signature for their wine? It is a conundrum: meeting expectations while keeping it interesting.

This wine has good fruit weight and balance, backed by just the right amount of acidity. However, for me, it was too predictable.

Score: 95/0 


Tony said...

I have always liked LAS but the price is getting a bit over the top,I think Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay is better value for money

Alontin said...

Yes, I think there are a number of Chardonnays at about half the price which are very satisfying. M3 is certainly one, and a few from the Yarra Valley.