2018 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon

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99 Points. Deep crimson. Classical blackcurrant cedar aromas with lifted espresso, roasted chestnut notes. Inky deep and beautifully concentrated wine with dense blackcurrant, dark plum, dark chocolate flavours, fine grainy/chocolaty tannins and perfectly integrated cedar oak. A superb grainy firm finish and mineral length. A great Leeuwin Estate Cabernet. The foundation vineyard of Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet is the 1975-planted Block 8. The vineyard is meticulously managed to promote the development of high intensity fruit and fine classical grainy tannins. Although the growing season and maritime climate are similar to Bordeaux, the atmospheric conditions, lateritic soils, Karri forests and bush-garrigue bring a very different and highly particular set of challenges.
Andrew Caillard MW - The Vintage Journal
The Brief
Alcohol
13.5%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2018
Cellar to
2040
Light Dark
Wine Scale 5
How's it taste?
A concentrated and dark nose displaying dense blackcurrants and dark cherries. Heightened floral notes of violetsand bay leaf diligently combine with savoury spice notes of black cardamom, anise, clove and cumin. There is anevident undernote of graphite and flint, providing a very detailed nose.Intensity and density pairs with purity and elegance. Predominately a blackcurrant thread on the palate, there isso much offering in layers. Bold, rich and contoured primary fruits engage with bright, almost mineral acidity,contoured with olive tapenade, iodine and sage. The tannins are silky, finely polishing the shape and finish on thepalate.
How was it made?
An outstanding vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon in Margaret River. Made from 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Malbec. After individual berry sorting and cold soaking, fermentation took place in closed, static fermenters at temperatures between 26C-30C with extraction by pumping over each individual parcel three times daily. After malolactic fermentation entirely in barrels and 9 months of barrel maturation, separate parcels were blended for further maturation in French Bordelaise coopered barriques with seasonal rackings. This wine spent 22 months in total in oak. 
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99 Points
Andrew Caillard MW - The Vintage Journal
99 Points. Deep crimson. Classical blackcurrant cedar aromas with lifted espresso, roasted chestnut notes. Inky deep and beautifully concentrated wine with dense blackcurrant, dark plum, dark chocolate flavours, fine grainy/chocolaty tannins and perfectly integrated cedar oak. A superb grainy firm finish and mineral length. A great Leeuwin Estate Cabernet. The foundation vineyard of Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet is the 1975-planted Block 8. The vineyard is meticulously managed to promote the development of high intensity fruit and fine classical grainy tannins. Although the growing season and maritime climate are similar to Bordeaux, the atmospheric conditions, lateritic soils, Karri forests and bush-garrigue bring a very different and highly particular set of challenges.
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97 Points
Angus Hughson - Winepilot.com
Leeuwin Estate is for me one of the most Bordeaux like of Margaret River’s top line cabernets with its vineyard location at the southern end of the region helping to produce savoury wine styles. It can be a challenge in cooler vintages but when the vintage gods are kind, it is a recipe for something very special, as we have here. Deep crimson, it opens up with understated, but enthralling aromas of red currant, blackcurrant, woody asparagus stems, cedar and cassis with a solid backbone of new oak. There is then great density of fruit to the palate, again not bold but reserved and full of energy; a young, tight ball of vibrant, stylish and youthful flavours exceptionally well balanced with manicured tannins which support an incredibly long, elegant finish. Super impressive and a new benchmark for this label.
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97 Points
Ray Jordan - Winepilot.com
One of the last wines released from the great 2018 Margaret River vintage, this has to be one of the finest cabernets yet from Leeuwin. Supremely balanced and poised with stylish lines through to a very long finish. Scented aromas of cedar and leafy blackcurrant with a trace of oyster shell. The palate is quite brilliant with the distinct chalky tannins and super fine grained oak holding the fruit gently to its extended finish. Great wine here.
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96 Points
Ken Gargett - WinePilot.com
Those who have been enjoying Leeuwin Estate wines for a good few years will know that there was a time when their reds were seen as very much second fiddle to their legendary Chardonnay. Those days are long gone and their Cabernet now sits alongside the region’s very best and, in comparison to some, represents excellent value. This wine is ripe and intense with notes of blackberries, chocolate, tobacco leaf, cassis, leather and superbly integrated oak. Seamless, with a very long palate on which the intensity is maintained throughout, it finishes with carefully managed tannins, which are both silky and slightly gravelly at the same time. Will easily impress for the next ten to twenty years.
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95 Points
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
Dense, nutty, a bit minty too, tight and controlled, with blueberry and cassia bark perfume. Silty smooth tannin, texture is a highlight, a distinct ‘mineral’ sort of character, something of a hazelnut toffee flavour, mid-weight and sure-footed, such a wonderful nutty chew to it, red and black fruits and a long persuasively tannic finish. Excellent.
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