2019 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon
Best known for producing arguably Australia’s greatest Chardonnay, Leeuwin Estate’s Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon has demonstrated over recent vintages that it can match it with best of the region and comparatively still remains under priced when compared to other Margaret River heavy weights such as Cullen & Moss Wood.
Predominately Cabernet Sauvignon with a 4% Malbec component also included in the blend, this wine was matured in French oak (50% new) for a period of 22 months.
Totally opaque black dark red colour with a deep dark red hue. Compelling aromas of red to black currant, violet and mulberry captivate the olfactory senses with vanillin cedar, tobacco, subtle dusty earth and bay leaf scents ensuing. Rich red to black currant and mulberry fruits are generously layered across the regal medium bodied palate with vanillin cedar, tobacco, earth and bay leaf elements lying underneath. Superb refinement with seamlessly integrated fine grained tannins marrying into a long elegant finish.
Drink over the next 10-15 years.
It’s masterful to craft a wine that is structured, detailed, powerful and concentrated, and yet, it feels effortless. Mulberries, cassis, warm spices, violets and cedary oak come together in harmony while the tannins sashay across the palate. Flavours persist, as does the finish, and it will age beautifully but hard to resist now. Impressive wine. Drink by 2042.
Jane Faulkner – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion
The 2019 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon has admirable fruit presence in the mouth. As an immediate follow on from the great 2018 vintage, the 2019 vintage was cooler and wetter, but the average quality across the region was excellent. In many corners, the quality is argued as being on par with the 2019; it comes down to a matter of preference. Here, the wine is elegant and fine, very aromatic. It's an excellent wine and a clear statement about the direction and refinement of the Cabernet program at Leeuwin. Drink 2023-2045.
Erin Larkin – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
96% cabernet sauvignon, 4% malbec.
Gosh this is good. This is the region and the variety and the estate all committing to the task and combining to exemplary effect. Such structure, such fruit, such balance and such impact. Blackcurrant and pencils, dark chocolate and herbs, some eucalypt lift and even some florals. Tannin, my word, it’s beautifully formed, a keel with wings, a determinant. I kept tasting this wine and it kept telling me things. Leeuwin Estate cabernet is now right up there with the best. Drink 2028-2040+
Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front