In addition to making Australia's most iconic chardonnay, the Art Series, Leeuwin Estate also release a more affordable version of the great white grape under their Prelude label. The 2007 Prelude's back label proudly states; 'Ripening conditions were near perfect with fruit showing exceptional intensity of flavour'.
Scented with ripe, peachy, somewhat candied aromas of tropical fruits and toasty vanilla, it proclaims a juicy palate which presents itself in a round, forward manner, with pungent fruit undertones glossed over by a marginal sweetness and creamy yet edgy acids. Leeuwin's 2007 Prelude isn't a bad drink by any means, but it lacks the refinement, style, precision and balance of numerous other Australian chardonnays in this price range.
O Premium Australian chardonnay is a highly competitive market these days, and this just doesn't quite measure up to the best. Drink to 2012.