2016 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon Australia

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Leeuwin Estate is a family owned producer and one of the five founding wineries of the Margaret River district of Western Australia. The winery is currently under the direction of two generations who work with a team of highly skilled winemakers to consistently produce wines ranking alongside the world’s finest. In 1972, legendary Napa Valley winemaker Robert Mondavi, identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard as being ideal for the production of premium wine and provided early mentorship to Denis and Tricia Horgan in the transformation of their cattle farm into Leeuwin Estate. Following its first commercial vintage in 1979, Leeuwin was thrust into the international spotlight when Decanter Magazine gave its highest recommendation to the 1981 “Art Series” Chardonnay. The international accolades have continued and Leeuwin now exports to 30 markets. Celebrating the combination of fine wine, food, art, and music, Leeuwin features an award-winning restaurant, cellar-door, and art gallery. The Estate is renowned for staging spectacular events and welcoming visitors from around the world.

Leeuwin Estate releases wines under the Art Series, Prelude Vineyards, and Siblings labels. The “Art Series” represents Leeuwin’s most opulent and age-worthy wines and is distinguished with paintings commissioned from leading contemporary Australian Artists. Prelude Vineyards wines are made from fruit that produces the most readily expressive wines with the objective that they will drink well soon after release. The Siblings label celebrates the family lineage and the three generations now leaving their footprints on Leeuwin Estate. They all share a place amongst the great wines of Australia, receiving much international acclaim and attention. Leeuwin’s Art Series Chardonnay and Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon are included in the wine auction house, Langton’s, prestigious classification. 

Tasting notes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep, dark, and black core of fruit centered upon currants, blueberries, dark cherries, and cassis. Black cardamom, nutmeg, tobacco, cumin, and well-integrated oak surround and support an incredibly rich dense nose. Impressive weight and texture are at the forefront, powerfully fruited in the black and blue fruit spectrum combine with cacao, roasted coffee bean, and anise. The length is infinite and defined by bright acidity, powder-like tannins, and diligent oak.


After berry sorting, cold soak, and maceration, pumping over three times daily, the wine pumped to French barriques for malolactic fermentation 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. ~97 James Halliday

This has poise and balance with a sweeter fruit spot in the middle balanced by those slightly more assertive tannins. Chalky with excellent structure. The tannins really show here on the finish which is symptomatic of this vintage. This is a powerful wine of tremendous poise and presence. Firmly structured with a rigid backbone that sustains a very long finish. ~95 Western Australian Wine Guide

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. Best from 2024. ~94 James Suckling

Take cabernet’s austere demeanor to the surf town of Margaret River and it transforms over time, producing a wine like this 2016 Art Series—a fruity red with cold ocean currents running underneath. The wine’s deep plum richness carries peppercorn spice and fresh tobacco leaf as the details of the tannins unfold. Youthfully blunt, needing days to reveal itself, this wine’s savory concentration holds depths that will show with bottle age, and the freshness to sustain the wine for years in the cellar. ~94 Wine & Spirits

This vintage feels a little riper than the previous year, and the vanilla-cola oak is currently more prominent, too. There's also oodles of bright red berries, flowers, mint, earthy herbs, and spices, with a regionally expressive briny, sea spray note. On the palate, there's a little warmth from the alcohol and not quite as much textural complexity as the 2015, but this is still highly varietal and expressive. The fruit is tangy, supported by firm, chalky tannins. Drink now–2035. ~93 Wine Enthusiast

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