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Leeuwin Estate 2006 Art Series Chardonnay (Margaret River)

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Dramatic, with opulent honeyed peach and tropical fruit notes framed by smoky hints of roasted cashew and vanilla. Despite the flamboyant personality and full-bodied richness, there’s also a sense of elegance, and an intense, lingering finish. Drink now–2014, although some folks swear the Art Series will go even longer.

 — J.C.  (7/1/2010)
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Cullen 2012 Kevin John Chardonnay (Margaret River)

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Although Cullen’s latest red wines haven’t always impressed, the quality of the Chardonnay seems to go from great to even greater. This is plump enough to be appealing now, yet with a strong frame of acidity to hold it together for the next 10 or more years. Toasted nuts and fresh pineapple aromas and flavors are exotic upfront, while the lemony finish is long and…

 — J.C.  (6/1/2015)
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Leeuwin Estate 2010 Art Series Chardonnay (Margaret River)

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Having earned its reputation as one of Australia’s finest Chardonnays, the challenge is then to maintain that level of quality. The 2010 Art Series certainly does that. Enticing aromas of woodsmoke, peach and pink grapefruit give way to intense flavors of citrus and stone fruit on the palate. It’s full bodied, yet with great focus and length, ending crisply despite…

 — J.C.  (2/1/2014)
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Cullen 2011 Kevin John Chardonnay (Margaret River)

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Cullen’s Kevin John remains one of Australia’s classiest Chardonnays. The 2011 starts off with delicate scents of toasted almond and ripe pear, then develops strident citrus and tropical-fruit flavors. It’s plump enough in the mouth to satisfy while remaining only medium bodied. The mouthwatering finish seems to last forever. Drink now–2020.

 — J.C.  (10/1/2014)
93
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Cullen 2010 Kevin John Chardonnay (Margaret River)

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One of Australia’s leading Chardonnays, this is wonderfully mouthfilling and fleshy, yet remains cool and sophisticated. Buttery, toasty and nutty notes accent grilled peach and pineapple flavors, all pulled together on the finish by a refreshing squeeze of lime-driven citrus.

 — J.C.  (9/1/2013)
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Leeuwin Estate 2009 Art Series Chardonnay (Margaret River)

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Leeuwin’s 2009 is a worthy successor to the flamboyant 2008. While perhaps just a touch more restrained in aroma and flavor despite being higher in alcohol, it still shows off flashy notes of grilled peach and pineapple. As always, it’s full bodied and luscious without being overblown, and has a lingering finish.

 — J.C.  (9/1/2013)
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Vasse Felix 2009 Heytesbury Red (Margaret River)

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A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec, the 2009 Heytesbury is a medium- to full-bodied wine with a taut line of acidity that accentuates its slightly drying tannins. Cassis and red currant notes predominate, but there’s ample complexity in the form of mint, cedar, leather and dusty earth. Drink 2018–2025.

 — J.C.  (9/1/2013)
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Leeuwin Estate 2008 Art Series Chardonnay (Margaret River)

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A perennial favorite, Leeuwin’s 2008 is another success, marrying ample weight and texture with easy elegance. Notes of toasted hazelnuts and grilled tropical fruit mingle into an opulent parfait of flavor that’s held together by bright acidity, while a lingering veil of smoke hangs on the finish.

 — J.C.  (6/1/2013)
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