2016 Leeuwin Estate " Art Series" Chardonnay
Well-balanced, not over-oaked, showing many varietal characters- these are all attributes of a not-so-expensive and prestigious CHardonnay.
The scores are impressive. To name a few: 99 points James Halliday, 98 Bob Campell, 97 Decanter, 96WS, 95RP.
James Halliday talked about the perfumed perfection; Bob Campbell the upfront yet subtle fruit wth oak at the back seat. Decanter discusses the memorable floral tones and the great nurture of 2016(the fine, cool, breeze, above-average temperature offset by welcoming rain of 90 mm). Wine Spectator aptly describes the balance of acidity and fruit, the definition and verve of the flavours. James Suckling, on the other hand, loves coconut and pralines' aroma with cooked apple, lemon and pecan-pie undertones, which is layered and comes complete with a juicy and savoury aftertaste. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate says it is tight but rich, with guava and pineapple fruit reined in by lemony accents. He says, ' Yes, there's oak, but it's in the background to the concentrated fruit in this silky-textured, medium to the concentrated effort. Based on the superb concentration, length and admirable track record, it should age well through at least 2030.
Probalby is comparable to a good, cool Puligny or fine Grand Cru Chablis from warm sites. Great value.