2013 Leeuwin "Art Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $55) SKU #1338648

Price: $39.99

BC 97 JH 96 JS 96
DC 94 WE 93 RP 92
WS 92
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  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    A lion of the Aussie Cabernet world, Leeuwin's Art Series Cab absolutely shines in 2013, with an immediate hit of currant confit and cherry fruits that seem to combine intensity of flavor with freshness, purity and acidity that suggests fruit from a very well adapted, nicely mature site. Great Cab for your cellar (if you can resist drinking these bottles in the near term...)
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    This label is fast gaining recognition amongst critics and consumers as being one of the top wines coming out of Australia, right alongside Penfolds "Grange" and Henschke "Hill of Grace". Top scores each vintage are well deserved and easily justified when you taste the perfect balance this wine showcases. This vintage is showing a little more accessible and generous than previous, which is a nice counterpoint to Leeuwin's generally structured wines. This is undoubtedly a high-end Cabernet perfectly suited for special occasions.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    There is a serious argument that Leeuwin is the finest Cabernet producer in the Margaret River and certainly finds it's place in the top wines of Australia and the world. Dark and intense, but amazingly fresh. This is a wine not to be missed. The perfect balance makes it a candidate for drinking now, but it is guaranteed to age beautifully and continue to develop even more of the savory cedar box, tobacco, and mint notes. The toasty oak notes are seamlessly integrated into the wine already. With the huge list of big scores on this wine, it's obvious that the quality is there. But more importantly to me, this wine stands out even in a lineup of K&L favorites.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is consistently great, there is a reason Leeuwin has the reputation that they do. This is the boldest, richest wine that I have had from them. It still has that classic red fruit but it is heavier and darker, it is almost dank, in the best possible way. The fruit is accentuated with a savory earthy, spice notes, you cannot keep yourself from going back to nose it again and again. The heaviness of the nose is not echoed on the palate. It is full and intense but structured and delineated. Rich, complex, great fruit foiled by savory complexity, bold but not heavy. This is great Cab from a Great producer and the best thing about it is drinking great now. That was a lot of greats, and it deserves every one of them.
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    I reviewed the 2012 vintage of this wine nearly a year ago and my adoration of the property has only magnified since then. A perennial over-achiever, this gem has the chops to withstand a few decades of cellaring and at the price-point, there isn't much to compare it to. This beauty shows classic Margaret River structure and notes of dried herbs, menthol and dark fruits. There's a very good reason Robert Mondavi was mulling over the notion of purchasing the estate back in the '70s - as it produces world-class wines with each passing vintage. This one is a no-brainer. Drink now and over the next twenty years.
  • Brian Fogarty
    By: Brian Fogarty
    K&L Staff Member
    Leeuwin Estates is one of Margret River’s founding wineries, and the grapes classified by the winemaker as “Art Series” worthy are only selected from the pinnacle of the estate fruit. The sandy, loamy soils of these vineyards force the vine roots down into the fractured granite below insuring vine stress and true mineral expressions. This terroir can only produce profound wines when paired with persistent cold winds like the ones howling off the Indian Ocean through these same Leeuwin vineyards. The 2013 Art Series Cab greets you with boysenberry, blueberry, and eucalyptus that is decorated with the clear aromas of broken rock and thin, dusty soils. Secondary notes of twiggy bay leaf, raspberry, and coffee percolate as you return for sniff after revealing sniff. The palate is well structured with mid-weight tannins and an even presence through the mid palate and the ample finish. Beautiful on its own, but I can see this wine being even more enjoyable as a partner with a meal and several glasses!


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