Leeuwin Estate Art Series 2008 Chardonnay - served in Qantas' First Class, apparently
Another day, another chardie.
Western Australia is either the New New World or Oz's answer to the Old World, depending on yor point of view - a wine-making region only since the 1960s, it produces well-structured and restrained wines with a European food-friendly elegance.
Leeuwin Estate, based in WA's coastal Margaret River area is considered one of Australia's best producers of Chardonnay. This Art Series Chardonnay from 2008 is distinctly Burgundian in style - if also in price.
Sandy yellow in the glass, there are aromas of ripe orchard fruit, musky melonskin and some toasty oak. A zippy, zesty palate gives way to a well-integrated peachy creaminess from oak aging and lees-stirring, with a nutty, sweet-spiciniess on the finish.
Precise, deft, complex and long, with over five years' aging, it all feels properly knitted together and harmonious now, but will only improve with further aging.
A big, versatile food wine, match with roast fowl or pork, creamy pasta dishes or meaty white fish.
Available at Majestic in the UK and on Qantas airlines, who were recently awarded 5 Gold medals by Business Traveller, including Best Overall Cellar and Best First Class White.
Provided for review.
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