2018 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz
Denis and Tricia Hogan converted a cattle farm to a wine estate in the 1970s, the first vintage being 1979. They have been the leading light in the area ever since, with the Art Series Chardonnay always flying the flag as the leading example of the variety in the whole country.
The estate is now run by the next generation – and Simone Hogan-Furlong came to the Old Bridge in October 2022 to show us (and our customers) the whole range. It was a very impressive tasting!
Dense, dark and intense nose, rich with blueberries, mulberries and plums. Further complexing notes of black pepper, mushroom and gameiness increase the bandwidth on the nose. Capacity, dimension, and texture outline the palate. A matrix of blueberries and redcurrants feature through a background of dark chocolate, cracked coffee bean and tobacco. A wine filled with an obvious energy.
Australian Wine Companion, 96 points
The same layers of complexity and spice as the 2017, with all the ripe fruit and power hallmarks of the 2018 vintage. Bouncy and chewy, the tannins are woven into the fruit. Fruit, oak, acid and tannins are integrated and elegant, showing cohesion and harmony from the get-go. Cool-climate elegance is the lasting impression of this wine, as is the fine, chalky tannin profile that ultimately carries the fruit over the course of the palate. Very detailed. Margaret River can be responsible for seriously beautiful shiraz – this is one.
Wine & Spirits, 91 points
Red-cherry flavors meet the firm acidity of bitter melon in this sweet and tannic shiraz. The fruit is full enough to completely saturate those tannins, setting the wine up for barbecued brisket and burnt ends.
Wine Enthusiast, 90 points
This 2018 vintage shows all the perfume, vivid fruit and oak spice we've come to expect from the “Art Series” Shiraz, with more power on the palate than in previous years. Vivid aromas of black currant, licorice, florals and sweet oak spice lead to a mouthful of tannins. They're chewy and a bit drying, but they don't entirely muffle the lifted acidity and attractive fruit and floral flavors. Give this another year or two in bottle for those tannins to knit into the wine and then drink until 2030 or so.
Margaret River is Western Australia’s best known region, for good reason – the mild maritime climate produces elegant wines with natural freshness. Since the 1980s it has been the leading light for the move towards finesse and balance in Australian wine, away from the brash and heavy stereotype.
Australia, Margaret River
93% Shiraz, 6% Malbec, 1% Viognier
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