Leeuwin Estate, Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River 2016
About the Wine: It is highly expressive and fragrant with violet, lavender, bay leaf and fennel seed weaving through a dense core of blackcurrant and red cherry. Subtle anise, cumin, cedar, cracked coffee bean and cocoa lie in the background. The palate has delicate layers of cherries, blackcurrants, and plums. All combined with a vibrant natural acidity. A Margaret River powerhouse, the Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon is often compared to top Bordeaux. The core of the fruit comes from 30+-year-old vines grown in well-draining gravel/granite derived soils. The Art Series range is identified with paintings commissioned from leading contemporary Australian artists. About the Producer: FOUNDED: 1975 OWNER: The Horgan Family WINEMAKER: Tim Lovett After an extensive search in 1972 to identify the most suitable Australian area to produce premium varietal wines, Robert Mondavi singled out a small plot of land in the Margaret River region. At the time a cattle farm, Leeuwin Estate evolved under the direction of owners Denis and Tricia Horgan, with Mondavi acting as consultant and mentor. The Estate was thrust into the international spotlight when Decanter magazine awarded their highest recommendation to the 1980 Art Series Chardonnay. Now under the direction of two generations of the founding family, the Estate is recognized as one of Australia's leading wine producers and wine tourism pioneers. Featured three times in the prestigious category of "International Winery of the Year" by U.S. Wine & Spirits magazine, Leeuwin Estate wines consistently rank alongside the world's finest. The winery was one of the first in the region to adopt temperature-controlled fermentation tanks, while only the best French oak barrels were imported for maturation. Technical Info: VITICULTURE: Situated at Australia’s most southwestern point and surrounded by ocean on three sides, Margaret River offers a consistent, maritime climate. Warm days are tempered by cool evenings, protecting the vines from extreme temperatures. The region’s ancient granite soil provides free-draining soil that is ideal for viticulture. Leeuwin Estate focuses on minimal intervention.