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Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Chardonnay 2012


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: Western Australia
  • Wine Area: Margaret River
  • Wine Maker: Denis Horgan
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: 2013 - 2020+
Food Matching

Food Matching

Rich and complex, this wine will complement rich seafood such as lobster and crab, and can also stand up to robust and spicy dishes such as roast belly pork, Cajun chicken and Thai fish cakes. Michel Roux Jr, in his book Matching Food and Wine: Classic and Not So Classic Combinations, suggests a Tartare of Sea Bass with Dill, while Master Sommelier Vincent Gasnier recommends spicy sausages and barbecued chicken.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 92 (2012) VS: 94 (2012) JR: 17 (2012) WS: 94 (2012) JS: 95 (2012) WE: 94 (2012) D: 96 (2012) JH: 98 (2012) WF: 94 (2012) RJ: 97 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

The colour is brilliant green straw. The fresh nose is classical Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay, with intensely lifted aromas of ripe yellow pear skins, the petals of citrus blossom, nectarine and ripe peach accompanied by hints of fig, cashews and roasted pine nuts from barrel maturation on yeast lees with integrated and stylish French oak. The palate displays the mouth filling and intense flavours of fresh ripe pears which is full bodied and incredibly rich intermingling with delicious stone fruit flavours, nectarine and pineapple tart, the middle palate shows richness before turning to an elegance only found in the rarest of years that focus the flavours to a long and persistent finish which is both crisp and appealing.

Winery Information

Leeuwin Estate

Leeuwin Estate is one of the founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district. In 1972, following an extensive search for the area most suitable to produce the best varietal wines in Australia, legendary American winemaker, Robert Mondavi identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard. Originally a cattle farm, Leeuwin Estate evolved, under the direction of Denis and Tricia Horgan, with Robert Mondavi acting as consultant and mentor. A nursery was planted in 1974 and the.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2012)92 pts

March 2016 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown : The 2012 Chardonnay Art Series shows evolving toast and marzipan notes over a core of ripe apricots, candied ginger and butterscotch. Medium to full-bodied in the mouth with a satiny texture, the palate possesses a wonderful concentration of stone fruit and spice flavors with plenty of racy freshness and a good long finish.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2012)94 pts

Mar 2016 - Light, bright yellow. Musky pear skin and honeydew on the nose, with jasmine, ginger, vanilla and smoky mineral nuances adding complexity. Juicy, seamless and sharply focused, offering concentrated citrus and orchard fruit flavors that flesh out and become spicier with aeration. The mineral and floral qualities come back strong on the strikingly persistent, seamless finish. There's no way I'd have guessed that this wine was aged in all new oak. -- Josh Raynolds (2012)17 pts

Tasted Set 2016 - Subtle, withheld. Little bit of struck-match reduction but all very streamlined and elegant. Remarkably youthful and undeveloped. Will it ever mature/develop? (JH)

Wine Spectator (2012)94 pts

Amazingly focused, layered and expressive, with pear, lime, guava and floral flavors that meld harmoniously and linger on the creamy finish. Deftly pulls all the elements together into a cohesive whole, lingering effectively and precisely.

James Suckling (2012)95 pts

February, 2016. A wine with amazing richness and depth. So much apple pie character yet minerally underneath. Full body, so much length. Gorgeous. Drink now. Screw cap.

Wine Enthusiast (2012)94 pts

Leeuwin's Chardonnay continues to be a standard-bearer for Margaret River and all of Australia. The 2012 Art Series is subtly toasty on the nose, blossoming with time into full-on crème brûlée aromas, while the palate offers creamy-textured notions of tropical fruit and custard. The long finish reverberates with fruit, suggesting plenty of aging potential, up to 10 or 12 years. J.C. (6/1/2016)

Decanter (2012)96 pts

Great to see Margaret River’s most recognized Chardonnay in such good form. This has all the power one associates with Leeuwin – with the 100% new oak being totally absorbed by the fruit – while the palate is textured, balanced and extremely long

James Halliday (2012)98 pts

A very youthful bright green-quartz colour sets the scene for a riveting wine of exquisite purity and finesse. It almost floats in the mouth, so effortless is its invocation of all things chardonnay: white flowers, white stone fruits and immaculately balanced acidity. Oak? Well, yes it's there, but rendered mute by the fruit. Has greater staying power than any other Australian chardonnay.

Wine Front (2012)94 pts

I reckon I’ve tasted every vintage of Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay on release since 1992, so this brings me up to 21 vintages. I’m an adult now. I like this a little more than the 2011. Hazelnut, pear, melon, toast and clove spiced wood. Full bodied, toasty savoury wood plays a leading role in the flavour profile, though of course there’s the typical Leeuwin fruit power to go with it. Pear and lime in the mix, silky honeyed texture, then a little crunch of tannin on the finish. Great length. Has complexity already as a young wine, but really needs a few years to settle down and mesh, at which point it will almost certainly rate a little higher.

Ray Jordan (2012)97 pts

From the first sniff of the marvelous mix of nougat and grapefruit, with subtle infusions of white peach, you just know this is something special. It is a more fruit-driven wine than the 2011, with a beautifully integrated palate striking such a perfect balance of oak and fruit. It’s finer, with an effortlessness about it, but with a depth and power that extends through to the very long finish. This is a wine that will live for many years."