2022 Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay
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2022 Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay

Margaret River, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
$34. 99
$419.88 Dozen
Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2023-2029)
ABV: 13.5%
Closure: Stelvin

Fermented with both inoculated yeast and naturally in 100% French coopered barriques, 40% being new and the lees stirred regularly. After 10 months in barrels, individual parcels were blended, lightly fined, stabilized and bottled.
Brilliant pale straw colour with greenish tinged edges and a watery hue. Nosing offers up aromas of nectarine, grapefruit and citrus which intermingle with hints of peach and gun flint. The mid weighted palate features concentrated white peach, nectarine and dried honey flavours which are underscored by fresh energetic acidity. Subtle roasted almond, citrusy nougat and flint characters extend through the back half. Finishes dry with a delicate creaminess to the mouthfeel. Will continue to build texturally with bottle age. Elegant yet long conclusion.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
Alc. 13.5%

Other Reviews....
This is the second string to Leeuwin's imperious Art Series cuvee, yet few corners are cut. A bit broader texturally and of more fruity immediacy. Think canned peach, glazed quince, orange verbena, nougat and beautifully placed oak, gently caressing the seams. Mid-weighted and packed with flavor and integrity, this drinks far better than many producer's top wines. Drink or hold briefly. Screw cap.
93 points

Hello to the taste of Leeuwin Chardonnay at a very fair price.
Pear, green mango, a little dusty spice here too and slight struck match. It’s flavoursome, but fine-boned, gently chalky, juicy but tight, with a cinnamon and zesty lime finish of very good length. Excellent. Classy. Touch and go for 94 points really. Drink 2023-2029.
93 points
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

I like the way this complements the Art Series chardonnay and has its own distinct personality. It gently reveals flavours of melon, stone fruit, ginger spice and beeswax. It’s rich and ripe, tangy and juicy, fuller bodied and so easy to enjoy. Good drinking now. Drink by 2030.
93 points
Janu Faulkner - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion