2018 was something of a dream vintage in Margaret River. Flowering was good and consistent, summer was warm but not excessively hot and the vines stayed healthy and clean, allowing the harvest to begin a fortnight earlier than it had done in 2017. This wine was 100% new oak barrel-fermented
(Bordeaux coopers for a finer grain), bringing texture rather than oak influence to the blend. In the mouth it expresses the vintage’s natural richness, but it also feels like a coiled spring, bursting with life but with so much more to come, given time. The balance is impressive, with a real zing and drive and the
layers of fruit have depth and significance. Great potential here and yet another superb vintage for this wine. Drink from 2024.
Producer Information: Leeuwin Estate
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 to Denis and Tricia Horgan in the transformation of their cattle farm into Leeuwin Estate.
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 have continued and Leeuwin now exports to 30 markets. Celebrating the combination of fine wine, food, art and music, Leeuwin features an award winning restaurant, cellardoor and art gallery. The Estate is renowned for staging spectacular events and welcoming visitors from around the world.