Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 | The 97pt Mouton-Rothschild of Australia
If you collect Cabernet, or simply keep it well-stocked for your friends and loved ones, this lithe and supple Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 is unbeatable. Pours a beautiful shade of purple in color. Quietly assertive, with black currant, blackberry, tobacco, oakmoss, fresh herbs, and exotic spice aromas that unfurl slowly in the glass. Showing plenty of grip, a pristine balance of fresh acidity to firm tannins gives the wine a solid structure to house complex flavors of black cherry, tobacco, saddle leather, and five-spice. Classically restrained like a fine Bordeaux, but with traditional Australian purity of fruit, its balance will reward patient cellaring. Drink now – 2040.
97JH | After berry sorting, cold soak, and maceration, pumping over three times daily, the wine pumped to French barriques for mlf and 9 months maturation. The Art Series range has a clear family approach to each wine, a focus, and sophistication that brings certainty to its long-term maturity.
94JS | Impressively curated cabernet with cedar and tobacco aromas framing bright red berries, as well as bergamot, black tea, red plums, and violets. The palate has a smooth, succulent, and elegantly juicy shape and such fine, taut and layered tannins that carry so long and pure. Superb cab with power and elegance. Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 drinks best from 2024.
Art Series Wines
The “Art Series” wines are the richest and most age-worthy from Leeuwin’s collection, showcasing the site’s terrific pedigree. While rising roughly 200 feet above sea level, the vineyard benefits from deep, mineral-rich, gravel soils. Consequently lending finesse to the wines, and a cool maritime climate. Therefore, the Leeuwin team, under the direction of Tim Lovett, pick by individual parcels. Hence allowing the vines to achieve maximum ripeness.
Hogans & Mondavi
Denis and Tricia Hogan established one of the founding estates of Margaret River. While planting their first vines in the region in the early 1970s. Then, in 1972, an American wine legend — Robert Mondavi — reached out to the Hogans. Then informing them that they had terroir capable of producing world-class wines.
With the help of Mondavi’s close mentorship, Leeuwin was founded in 1973. And within years it would become the benchmark for excellence in the country. Of course, racking up dozens of 90+ scores. The winery burst onto the international stage when Decanter magazine awarded its highest honors to the 1980 Art Series following a blind tasting.