2020 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz
Dense inky black heart with a bright purple red hue. Spicy red to dark plum and liquorice scents intermix with subtlety toasted vanillin cedar, graphite and peppered meat notes. Rich dark plum and liquorice fruits are layered across a mid weighted palate which possesses plenty of underlying freshness. Spicy vanillin cedar, earth and peppered meat characters linger on the back half. There’s a grainy feel to the tannins which lead into an energetic yet youthfully tight knit finish.
Cellar 6-8 years.
Aromas of pitted cherries, grilled herbs, overturned earth and whole nutmeg. Medium- to full-bodied with structured, sturdy tannins. Fresh acidity lifts up the savory fruit and sweet spice. Very good intensity and depth here. A bit of chew at the finish. Best after 2023. Screw cap.
Beautiful vibrant primary fruit characters here. Smooth, integrated and seamless. There is a juicy character but it's quite tight and controlled with a precise and detailed finish. Shiraz has gone through a remarkable reincarnation after being pulled out in 1980 in favour of sauvignon blanc. Thankfully it's now part of a renewed focus. This one is spicy and highly perfumed with a vibrant high energy palate. Lovely primary fruit flavours well supported with excellent large format oak influence.
This leaves such an impression on so many fronts: firstly, the fabulous red-purple hue followed by aromas of dark fruits, baking spices and warm earth and finally, its texture. The fuller-bodied palate unfurls eventually to reveal layers of flavour, grainy tannins and acidity ensuring it finishes long. Drink by 2035.
Jane Faulkner - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion