Pre-Arrival Offer

 

 In one word – Iconic

& the most collected Australian Chardonnay

The Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay is a timeless representation of the Margaret River region and to many, Australia’s most iconic wine.

In 1972, legendary Napa Valley winemaker, Robert Mondavi, identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard as being ideal for the production of premium wine and provided early mentorship to Denis and Tricia Horgan in the transformation of their cattle farm into Leeuwin Estate

The unirrigated Block 20 Vineyard is planted with the Gin Gin clone and is the mother vineyard for Margaret River Chardonnay. Now more than 40 years old, many cuttings from this vineyard were used to establish the region’s wineries, with the pristine fruit definition and winemaking philosophies of Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay inspiring other local producers to follow suit.

For years, demand both domestically and internationally has always outweighed availability with global importers guarding their allocations. Many, adopting the Bordeaux négociant way of selling, by insisting on buyers taking larger quantities of the lesser famed Prelude Chardonnay, which has kept us away from offering their wines.

We sampled the most recent ‘Prelude’ release, which was delicious, but straight forward and stands as the estate’s second wine – similar to that of Château Lafite Rothschild and Carruades. Of course, the price differences are huge but the sentiment for us is familiar. The ‘Grand Vin’ being wonderful whilst their second wine is rather too expensive, particularly compared to some of their illustrious neighbours. The Prelude would retail for £31.00 which is respectable but fails to compete when compared to Soumah Equilibrio, Nocturne, Flowstone Queen of the Earth and to one of our favourites, Hoddles Creek 1er Cru which never ceases to amaze us…

The UK importer is now owned by a good friend of The Vinorium who has kindly provided a small (very small) unattached allocation of the majestic duo that are the 2016 and 2017 vintages. Both have received 99 points from James Halliday. The respected Aussie critic, Ray Jordan goes a step further and awards 99+ points for the 2016.

 

For the very first time, we are excited to offer both the 2016 and 2017 on a first come first served, pre-arrival basis.

 

• The wines are due to arrive at the end of January 2021

• We ask that you kindly check out only with these pre-release wines in your basket.

• If you also require wines from our current, physical stocks, please could you complete a separate order for these.

 

 Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay 2016

92 bottles available

 

99+ points Ray Jordan "A marvellous wine that continues to mark the subtle shift to a style of more elegance and minerally finesse. There is such gorgeous texture and middle palate complexity here, with precise delivery through to a very long finish. Spices with floral notes, a touch savoury and understated mealiness that is part of this wine's DNA. What a fitting wine to mark the 50th anniversary of Leeuwin Estate." (Best drinking: Now to 2032)

99 Points - James Halliday "The perfumed perfection of the bouquet and the wonders of the palate, with its ever-shifting mosaic of white stone fruit, rock melon, grapefruit, Granny Smith apple and custard apple reign supreme. Oak? Yes, it's there, although subtle. Acidity? Yes, the giver of life now and into the future."

£69.95 per bottle

** Available for delivery end January 2021 **

 
 

 Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay 2017

SOLD OUT

 

Chardonnay Varietal Award Winner

99 Points - James Halliday "This achieves another step up the quality ladder for Leeuwin Estate, seemingly impossible. There's been no change in the vinification, nor in the vineyard. The change is an increase in the intensity of the flavours, and hence their length and aftertaste. It's an extraordinary wine, among the greatest of Burgundy (and elsewhere in the world). Whatever you expect from its future development will be delivered."

£64.95 per bottle

** Available for delivery end January 2021 **

 
 

 Leeuwin Art Series Shiraz 2017

26 bottles available

 

James Halliday "Open and closed fermenters with 20% whole bunches, plunged/pumped over daily, pressed to new and used barrels for a total of 18 months in oak. Deep, bright purple-crimson; after early (10 years±) hesitation about the synergy that might be gained from this marriage of wine and place all doubts were comprehensively answered. Lovely medium to full-bodied blackberry and co flavours."

£26.95 per bottle

** Available for delivery end January 2021 **

 

“Leeuwin Estate is a class act, every facet of its business working with the precision of a Swiss watch. It stands at the very forefront of estate-based, family owned wineries…”

James Halliday

 

Family owned, Leeuwin Estate, one of the five founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district of Western Australia, is under the direction of two generations who work with a team of highly skilled winemakers to consistently produce wines ranking alongside the world’s finest. In 1972, legendary Napa Valley winemaker, Robert Mondavi, identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard as being ideal for the production of premium wine and provided early mentorship. Enjoying its first commercial vintage in 1979, Leeuwin was thrust into the international spotlight when Decanter Magazine gave its highest recommendation to the 1981 “Art Series” Chardonnay. The international accolades continue to pour in decades later…

 

The Artists behind the labels

The “Art Series” represents Leeuwin’s most opulent and age-worthy wines and are identified with paintings commissioned from leading contemporary Australian Artists.

 

Art for the 2017 Chardonnay label created by JOHN YOUNG

JOHN YOUNG

 

John Young Zerunge was born in Hong Kong in 1956 and moved to Australia in 1967. He read philosophy of science and aesthetics at the University of Sydney and then studied painting and sculpture at Sydney College of the Arts.

His investigation of Western late modernism prompted significant phases of work from a bi-cultural viewpoint, including series of paintings in the last four decades – the Silhouette Paintings, The Polychrome Paintings, the Double Ground Paintings and the Abstract Paintings.

Leeuwin Estate commissioned the artist to produce the original painting; named ‘Veiled Spectrum V’, which is now held in their important collection and displayed in the Leeuwin Estate Art Gallery in Margaret River.

 
 

Art for the 2016 Chardonnay label created by KIM MAPLE

KIM MAPLE

 

Kim Maple has had 35 solo gallery exhibitions around Australia and overseas. Kim obtained her Diploma in Fine Art from Perth Technical College in the early 70's when she worked as a graphic artist. She won a prize in the Western Australian Channel Seven Young Artist Awards in 1975. She focused initially on her career as an illustrator, before moving to Melbourne in 1986 to further her studies with a Bachelor of Fine Art majoring in aPrint Making course at Monash University.  Kim returned to Perth in 1994 with her family. During her career, Kim has produced a significant body of constantly evolving work. Her extensive practical exploration is influenced by extended travel through the South West karri forests and the Margaret River region. Her work expresses a contemporary appreciation for the unique West Australian bush.

 
 

Art for the 2017 Shiraz label created by RUSTY PETERS

RUSTY PETERS

 

Rusty Peters is a senior Gija man of Joowoorroo skin. His bush name Dirrji refers to dingo pups looking out of a hole at sunrise. Rusty grew up in Springvale (a suburb in Melbourne) learning traditional law and working as a stockman. In the 1990's he made prints and did some painting while working for Waringarri Arts. In 2015, Rusty was a finalist for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) and in 2017, his paintings were featured in the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, as part of the National Indigenous Aboriginal Art Triennial (NIAAT).