Wednesday, October 28, 2009


 - Margaret River, WA
 - $27-$35
 - Screwcap
 - 14.0%alc

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.
89 points


  1. Shame to hear the Prelude Chardonnay is still pulling up short. As you say, there is stiff competition at that price point. I think I'll have to give it a miss.

  2. That's very true Jeremy.

    Right now I think Bay of Fires 2008 is the best Australian chardonnay in the $30 price bracket - brilliant stuff it is.

    Cheers mate,
    Chris P

  3. The 2008 Oakridge for a similar price is a blinder as well

  4. Thanks for the tip! I've seen the 08 Oakridge around for about $24 and it's usually a chardonnay I love. I'll investigate ASAP.

    Thanks very much,
    Chris P