Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 1999

Leeuwin Estate's "Art Series" chardonnay is, on average, a seriously good wine.  The Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley are very good for chardonnay, but the Margaret River seems to have an extra gear.  I've tried now the 1999 (this review), the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 of Leeuwin Estate and they are all good.  Excellent in fact.  I tasted the 1999 vintage blind, and it had an opulent citrus and tropical fruit aroma, with subtle oak.  On the palate, length and minerals were evident.  Superb drinking.  93 points.  (7.8/10)

Abv: 14.5%
Price: around $80
Would I buy it having tasted it?  Yes
Website: http://www.leeuwinestate.com.au/
Margaret River
April 1, 2011

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