Leeuwin Estate Prelude Chardonnay
Leeuwin Estate Prelude Chardonnay 2021 comes from the world-famous Leeuwin Estate winery, one of Margaret River’s and Australia’s great Estates. Their Prelude range focuses on the region's benchmark varietals which are made in a more accessible form than the Art Series range whilst still retaining strong varietal character.
A superb example of the Leeuwin Estate style at a fraction of the Art Series price.
"This is such an impressive wine. The peach and nectarine fruit has intrinsic depth and power. The textural components are a highlight as is the length of flavour. 40% new oak, no malolactic fermentation."Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club27 September 2021
“Leeuwin Estate is renowned for its famous Art Series chardonnay… Leeuwin’s next level down is the Prelude, a wine that many wineries would be tickled pink to have as their top chardonnay. A generous vintage has produced this generous wine. It shows the further tweaking of the style, which is somewhere in between the earlier vintages and the brief move into a more contemporary style. It works well with the punchy fruit balanced by fine, minerally acidity and a light layer of oak.”Ray Jordan, The West Australian19 August 2021
"Sweet vanilla, toast, mandarin, cashew and custard apple aromas suggest breadth, yet nectarine bite and livewire lime acidity delivers tension and twang, propelling the citrus and perfumed pear fruit along. Subtly creamy lees brings texture and roast hazelnut oak (40% new) lends savoury nuance. Hugely enjoyable now with the structure for mid-term ageing."Sarah Ahmed, Decanter Premium6 December 2021