Here's Australia's most iconic white wine, which I previously reviewed in February this year. But after having a seafood lunch at Leeuwin Estate's beautiful restaurant what was I supposed to drink? The Sparkling Brut? Surely not! Quite simply the 2006 Art Series Chardonnay is brilliant. Some critics have called it the best Art Series ever.
Clear-yellow in the glass, Leeuwin Estate's 2006 Art Series unfolds to an elegant yet generously ripened nose, displaying layers of quince, grapefruit and nectarine aromas with a restrained influence of butter/vanilla oak, cashew nuts and a trace of mineral. Incredibly textured in a full, smooth, creamy and well-weighted style, its ripe fruit flavours of banana, passionfruit and white stonefruits merge seamlessly with an extract of fresh cedar/vanilla oak into a delightfully persistent, very long finish framed by vibrant, polished, fluffy acids and lingering fruit. There's a faint candied aspect to its fruit core emanating from its higher alcohol and opulent ripeness, but it contains more than enough texture, depth, balance and length to handle it.
ü+ Cut from a different mould than many refined, elegant and tight modern Australian chardonnays; the hedonistic 2006 Art Series is another exemplary drop, with a near perfect interplay of deeply flavoured fruit and immaculate oak. It further underlines its status as Australia's most consistently outstanding wine (red or white). Drink to 2018.