Leeuwin Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2020


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Region: Margaret River
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec
First Glance: Concentrated, Elegant, Complex, Age-worthy
Acclaim: 97pts

The Wine:
After individual berry sorting and cold soaking, fermentation took place in closed, static fermenters at temperatures between 26C-30C with extraction by pumping over each individual parcel three times daily. After malolactic fermentation entirely in barrels and nine months of barrel maturation, separate parcels were blended for further maturation in French Bordelaise coopered barriques with seasonal racking's (50% new Bordelaise for 24 months.)

An abundance of dark cherries, boysenberries and blackcurrants greet the nose. The fruit spectrum is wrapped around complex layers of star anise, black cardamom, cedar, clove, cumin and fennel seed. There is a gentle lift of freshly picked violets and lavender. Concentrated and textured, dark black fruits meet cacao and coffee on the palate. There is power and structure tuned with finesse and elegance. A graphite, mineral and ethereal thread is laced throughout. Star anise and cinnamon quill provides an extra layer leading to a fine, powdery, and slightly chalky finish.

The Review:
Huon Hooke, The Real Review - 97pts
"Deep red with a good tint of purple in the rim, the bouquet showing tobacco/cedar, nori/briar and peaty/iodine-like nuances. It's full-bodied and powerful, with lavish tannins, bright acidity and good concentration. Redcurrant and blackberry—red and black fruits both evident. A very smart and age worthy cabernet."